Statement from Ben Combe, Particle Guitarist:
The last year and a half has been an exciting and life changing period. Particle afforded me the opportunity to continue to live my dream. I am forever grateful to each of the members for the opportunities this journey has brought me. I have had the honor of playing throughout the country with some of my long time musical heroes of rock past, present and future. This is a part of my life and career that I will never forget.
| Ben Combe by Earl Gardner|
With that said, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to part ways with Particle to pursue a more collaborative musical direction. I have a deep respect and admiration for the group but for some time now I have felt that my interests, and the three original members' musical direction, no longer coincide. As much as Eric, Darren and Steve have welcomed me into the "Particle World," it has become clear that despite my involvement, our ideals of solidarity differ too much for me to continue to stay with the group.
The Particle fans have been nothing short of amazing, and I thank each one of you for the support, especially after I took the reigns of guitar after the departure of Scott Metzger. I sincerely hope that after the dust settles from my decision, that everyone involved will understand why I have come to this conclusion. The Particle fans' energy and caring has always been overwhelming and I look forward to experiencing additional time together in a new and exciting project in the very near future.
In closing, I want to assure each of you that this decision has come over months and months of soul searching; this was not decided over night. I have nothing but respect for Particle and more than anything, this decision was made as a matter of artistic principal and integrity. People change in a creative context as they do personally, and sometimes the best efforts are unable to sustain and refocus the relationship in such a way that everyone feels fulfilled.
It is my hope that this message allows everyone involved to take pause for reflection and regain momentum for future positive musical endeavors.
I look forward to seeing each of you very soon.
With Peace, Love and Music