Partner, New Swears


New Swears

Elephants, Birdwatching

Tue, August 1, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Great Scott

Allston, MA


This event is 18 and over

Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at the Great Scott box office seven days a week 12PM-1AM, or at The Sinclair Box Office (Cambridge, MA) Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: Great Scott box office is cash only.

Partner is funny, but not a joke. Gay but not for each other, as their Instagram tagline reads.

Partner is the "mature" effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Self described as post-classic-rock.

Influenced by acts as varied as Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in Rock.

Partner relocated to Windsor ON at the beginning of 2016. After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording, and touring, Partner have released their debut to the world, titled In Search of Lost Time (September 08, 2017). Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the "best new band in Canada" in the Globe and Mail, and although "Partner hasn't even released an album yet, [watching] one of their sets, it's clear right away that they've arrived fully formed."

Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, and 100% queer.
New Swears
New Swears
Sammy J Scorpion, Scru Bar, Beej Eh, and Nick Nofun are New Swears, and New Swears are a garage-punk band specializing in melodic horseplay. They come from Ottawa, Canada… more specifically, they come from the Fun Boy Club House, a house in Ottawa they all lived in together with two bars, a mini ramp, a tattoo gun (but no actual tattoo artists), motorcycle tire burnout skids in the form of an inverted cross on the front walkway, rats and squirrels that made enough appearances indoors to be given names, murals everywhere, and a liberal ‘where should I piss?’ policy.

That paragraph right there might be enough to make your average jaded old punk hate them, but their saving grace is that there’s a big difference between try-hard and work-hard. New Swears are definitely the latter.

Despite regularly partying themselves into the emergency room, these dudes have still managed to put out a split tape and two full length LPs; gone on tours of the States, Canada, and Europe; self-released a shocking amount of shocking music videos (that always seem weirdly influenced by boy-band video aesthetics just as much as they are by CKY/Jackass and alcohol); and did it all without breaking anything more serious than legs and arms and TVs and walls, and without pissing off anybody who isn’t a cop or a landlord.

These guys will spend an hour trying to perfectly catapult a bucket onto a head, or flip a dart (that’s a cigarette for any non-working class Canadians out there) perfectly into a mouth until they nail it. The result is something incredibly stupid, that took an unreasonable amount of work and patience, but is surprisingly satisfying to watch happen.

The same goes for their music, it might seem simple, you might get the impression YOU could write songs that catchy and raw, but you can’t, you didn’t, and New Swears out-practiced, out-partied, and out-worked you to get it done. Deal with it.

The band has signed with Dine Alone records and will be releasing the Brand New Spot/Sugar Heavy Metal 7 inch on November 4th. More shows, shenanigans and a full length record will come in 2017.

Sammy J Scorpion
Scru Bar
Beej Eh
Nick Nofun
Elephants is a Boston-based indie rock four-piece. Gravitating toward thick, sustained guitars, fuzz-soaked bass, and peppy tempos, the songs balance punk undertones with a strong pop songwriting sensibility.
The band started in late 2011 when guitarists Ryan Young and Lauren Garant began recording acoustic demos to a four-track tape machine in their living room. The result was a short burst of wistful bedroom-pop, reminiscent of The Softies and The Vaselines. Their songs took on a whole new energy when played in a full-band setting; the guitars crunch and growl while the melodies maintain a bittersweet tone, and influences like The Breeders and Superchunk become more apparent.
Elephants' second album, Strange Waves, was released on January 12th, 2015. Driven by dynamic two-guitar interplay, haunting vocals, and sweet pop hooks, the songs call to mind “the soft crunch of Helium and the lengthy, squelching soloing of Dinosaur Jr.” (The Boston Globe). While the album explores a variety of different sonic textures, a common thread of straight-ahead songwriting and lo-fi roots tie it all together.
They have performed extensively in their home state of Massachusetts, but they have also done some touring along the east coast; they have found themselves at home at a variety of venues, DIY spaces, and basements across New England and beyond.
Two guys and a gal making music approved for human consumption.
Venue Information:
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA, 02134