Milwaukee’s Partisan is one show away from dissolving: this Saturday, May 30th marks their last performance. Bassist/harmonium player/vocalist Katie Knaebe explains.
“Partisan is coming to an end for a couple of reasons: the catalyst was the drummer, Scott’s, decision to move to Philadelphia. While Scott is the newest addition to the band, we’ve changed our sound significantly since he joined. We’re loud and electric, now, whereas we had started off as two acoustic guitars and one electric with un-mic’d voices. Scott’s drumming really influenced the way we wrote songs, so it would really take something to continue on with no drummer or a different one.
“The other reason is fatigue. We know our sound is esoteric; we’re not going to win over everyone, and it can be a challenge to play out. [I am] pretty immersed in [my] real-life job as a nurse. For [me], having the creative outlet is awesome, but the more mundane realities of band-dom will not be missed. Frank and Charlie, both guitarists and singers, have been working on projects outside of Partisan throughout the band’s existence. Frank has been playing bass with Dear Astronaut and making noise with Sonic Typewriter. Charlie has gone out solo as Buster and the Spur. Both enjoy being in bands, but think that the entity that is Partisan has run its course.
“As for future plans, Charlie and Frank have tentative plans to start a new band together. Even [I have] considered learning to drum for this hypothetical band, but [have] some reservations. Scott will have an awesome time in a new city with new people. His ultimate plan is grad school, although music will certainly factor in.
“The show will be free, although donations for the Borg Ward (not the bands) will be accepted. Show starts at 8 p.m. We are opening, so people better come in a timely ashion. All our bands are local and are personal friends and favorites of Scott’s (and Partisan). This is his big going-away party.”
More on Partisan in this previous *interview* with the band. The Borg Ward is located at 823 W. National.