PARTISAN hooked up in 2002, and four years later released The Gothic and the Gospel, an extraordinarily ambitious debut album. It mixed Afro-beat, Fugazi-era emo punk and indie pop with righteous, fiery lyrics about post-9/11 politics and radical activism. Spread out over 85 minutes, the music was overwhelming and filled with life. Unfortunately, when The Gothic and the Gospel was released on local imprint Reason Y Records, it attracted little attention beyond a small but rabid fan base. Partisan played a few shows, but didnt have time to mount a real tour. Most of its seven members had full-time, well-paying jobs and couldnt afford to go on the road for a low-budget national tour. The group quietly disbanded in September 2006, leaving behind a great rock album that most will never hear.