Manchester three-piece Partisan has been around for a few years and has been on our radar for a while, but the latest single Oxygen could be the one that’ll bring them to the attention of others.
After a few line-up changes, mainstays Stuart Armstrong (lead vocals/guitar) and Dan Albon (bass) have been joined by Leo Stanfield (drums).
From the off, there’s a stunningly funky bass line from Albon and an almost ska-like guitar riff that leads into frontman Armstrong’s impassioned vocals.
As the song progresses to the chorus, it becomes a more high energy, bombastic, singalong rocker that one could easily imagine being sung in arenas the world over. It’s punchy enough to catch the ear of the rock fans while fresh and immediate enough that the ‘cool’ kids can get on board without the band having to compromise their sound.
Like someone gasping for breath, there’s an urgency to the song, made all the more evident with the accompanying video (see below) in which the band play in room of ever-decreasing size (behind the scenes spoiler alert: it’s actually a green-screen shoot, but is mightily effective and gives the feeling of a much grander budget). Don’t try the bag on the head trick at home though, kids – these are professionals!
Having signed with newly-formed label Gas Records and a deal with Ostereo will see the band go from strength to strength, and they certainly deserve it with tracks like Oxygen.
Partisan plays Sonder Festival in Manchester on September 27th.