This punchy grunge-influenced single from the Manchester three-piece reveals the band’s soft underbelly without ever forgetting to bring the noise
Two Lovers is the latest single from Manchester three-piece Partisan, the band formed in 2013 out of the ashes of frontman Stuart Armstrong’s previous group Six10Repeater. It’s a gutsy grunge-influenced track which can’t quite conceal its love of melody and theatrics underneath its wall of sound.
Armstrong’s voice coos over the top of his own chiming guitar, ably accompanied by the scorching rhythm section of Dan Albon (bass) and Rob Jones (drums). A tale of enduring love unfolds over the band’s nocturnal rock: “if it’s good for us, we’ll take it,” he cries during the middle-eight.
Though Two Lovers might not be the most original track it still lands a hefty sonic punch. Fans of Feeder and Nine Black Alps will find a kindred spirit in Partisan and a song to rouse their spirits.
Verdict: Grunge of the dynamic kind