Particle | 03.14.08 | Los Angeles

By: Greg Caruso

Particle :: 03.14.08 :: El Rey Theater :: Los Angeles, CA

Robby Krieger with Particle :: 03.15 by Mike Sherry
Particle has gone through a lot of transformations. Some for the better and some for the worse. On this Friday evening, however, something truly different happened. They managed to fuse beloved tunes by another famous L.A. act, The Doors, with they're own brand of space-porn flair and psychedelic fervor.

Considering the relatively recent loss of both Particle guitarists (Scott Metzger and Ben Combe) and a general lack of positive momentum as of late, I went into the El Rey Theater pessimistic, and I wasn't the only one. With serious questions as to how the band would adapt under the circumstances, they came out as a trio performing "Denmark." But instead of disappointment, seeing this configuration drove the point home that perhaps they should remain this way. They don't need a singer, or a guitarist for that matter. With just the core of Eric Gould (bass), Darren Pujalet (drums) and Steve Molitz (keys), their sound reaches dizzying heights. This has become more and more apparent over their years of rotating guitar players.

However, this isn't to say that the right guitar or the right voice wouldn't add to the overall dynamic. Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and singer Adam Iscove (AllRise) made this point clear as they came out and launched into a re-imagined "L.A. Woman." Hit after hit was churned out over the course of the evening including rarities like "Peace Frog," "Not to Touch the Earth" and the oft-covered Bo Diddley tune "Who Do You Love?" All of that on top of the standard Doors radio staples.

Molitz and Krieger's chemistry was incredibly impressive. Sure they've played together and are more than familiar, but the way Krieger was reacting to Particles' style, matching each of their licks with the complimentary noodling of a master, was still somewhat of a shock. Adding to the excitement, Iscove wasn't a Jim Morrison mimicker like Ian Astbury (The Cult) during the 21st Century Doors debacle; rather, he was very subtle in a way that let the lyrics flow through him.

The biggest surprise of the evening came when the band dropped the combo of "Roadhouse Blues" into "The Other One." Molitz has been doing the Phil Lesh thing as of late, but to see Robby Krieger jamming out to a Dead tune was truly a treat.

The crowd reaction throughout proved that the night's experiment, the second installment of a three date mini-tour featuring Krieger, was a complete success. The fitting finale was "The End," where the band twisted and turned through the multi-layered song in a way that would've made Jim proud.

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Chillybill starstarstar Mon 3/31/2008 05:29PM
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When did Particle become a cover band?

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/31/2008 05:35PM
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Probably since Steve Molitz joined Phil & Friends and then became all friendly w/ Krieger. I actually prefer to see them playing cover songs over their own material.

Chillybill starstarstar Mon 3/31/2008 05:51PM
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cam0083 Mon 3/31/2008 05:55PM
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probably when people stopped caring about them

cliftonhanger420 Mon 3/31/2008 06:08PM
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particle kind of bores me. maybe they're better live.

phishr82 Mon 3/31/2008 06:43PM
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who knows, maybe they would fare better just being a trio?

jackstraw1984 Mon 3/31/2008 06:53PM
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robby krieger's kinda getting the keith richards walking skeleton look.

bill15 starstar Mon 3/31/2008 07:14PM
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that is the first time I heard the term noodling used as a compliment.

Flat5 Mon 3/31/2008 07:34PM
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Let's get some hookers and some coke and just go crazy!

gmoo Mon 3/31/2008 08:24PM
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Where's Charlie?

mark_perk Mon 3/31/2008 08:30PM
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molitz is bomb at keys, particle should stay a trio and stop messin with all these guitarists that just get up and leave.

FreshFlavor starstarstarstar Mon 3/31/2008 09:56PM
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Yeah its unfortunate what has come of Particle as of these last few years. I'm glad their still playing and trying to reenergize their sound. This show sounds like a good time. You really can't deny Mulitz though, he is one hell of a musician.

Grateful Dread Tue 4/1/2008 12:52AM
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Grateful Dread

A shame what's happened to this band. It sounds cliche, but they really are one of those bands that has potential,(ick). I started getting into Particle as Hitchcock was on his way out. I dug it for what it was, some trippy "space porn funk" to rock out to at 2AM. Say what you will about Charlie, but I think his sound meshed the best with this band. Metzger is an amazing guitarist. I just think his style was meant for something else. Check him out with Bustle In Your Hedgerow if you haven't yet.

Molitz is a great musician and will find some kind of fix for this band since he seems to have the patience to stick it out. Or they can just go New Deal style and forget the guitar. Doesn't seem right though.

damion2369 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 05:01AM
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Particle is an amazing band lead by a musician with amazing talent, Moltz. They should forget about all of this crap surrounding the need for a guitarist, and just get back to what they are good at. Jam!

kandrokitis starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 06:04AM
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Rarities like "Peace Frog"? Since when is that song a rarity?

Marcsmall Tue 4/1/2008 07:43AM
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joeyb4 Tue 4/1/2008 08:38AM
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moethug Tue 4/1/2008 08:44AM
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jim morrison was not an idiot, and manzarek is a sellout...densmore is the only one with dignity after the 21st century doors

hnkscrpio starstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 09:59AM
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Ha yeah Bill, using "noodling" is a terrible way to describe music too, same with "cookie cutter". What are we eating or talking music?

C00lmike Tue 4/1/2008 10:45AM
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Joeyb, we don't take kindly to people who don't like the doors.

If you don't like Ray Manzerek, Robbie Krieger, John Densmore, and Jim Morrison then you can GEEEETTT OUT

Lakai starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 11:19AM
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5 stars for space-porn

joeyb4 Tue 4/1/2008 12:46PM
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Hey just stating my opinion. damn. Manzerek soldout but he can at least play his instrument.... Old particle is good. Give me a reason Jim Morrison isnt an idiot. sloppy drunk @ most shows, quitting the band several times, cheating on his wife, crappy lyrics ppl write off as poetry, showering once every 3 weeks. i dont get it. and folks dont get me wrong i love particle, i just think they should stick to a trio.

I dont want to start an argument, so this is the last post ill submit.

mweezy777 Tue 4/1/2008 02:16PM
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willydog Tue 4/1/2008 03:07PM
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ReaganSector9 starstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 04:11PM
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Willydog u can have your opinion on Jim Morrison. But to compare the Doors to a garage band? I think you need to put the dope down. They were influential for many bands out know.

moethug Tue 4/1/2008 06:38PM
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jim morrisons lyrics crap on many band that people praise nonstop on this website (sci,moe,bisco)

Scarlett5446 Tue 4/1/2008 06:59PM
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Hell yea Grateful Dread!!! BTW I still have your chair and coozie from Bisco.

achalsey Wed 4/2/2008 02:28AM
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I'm going to have to agree with the Morrison comments. Can't say I'm a big particle fan, not really into the jam trance vibe, but the doors aren't anything to write home about either. My favorite description is from Lesh's book Searching for the Sound. Morrison was a drunken androgynous poser. He epitomized the L.A. scene as opposed to the dead and the San Fran scene. Very full of himself, did whatever he wanted, selfish and kinda seemed like and asshole. One of my favorite quotes is lester bangs in Almost famous, "Jim Morrison, with the doors? He's a drunken bafoon, posing as a poet...Give me the Guess who, now they have the courage to be drunken bafoones, which makes them poetic." And call me a pussy, but I do like the Guess who. Don't put them in often, but when I'm in the mood, they're fun to listen to. Anyway, just my two cents, I know a lot of people love Morrison, but if you gave most of his lyrics to any poetry teacher after 10th grade you would probably not do very well.

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I cannot believe he treated Meg Ryan so harshly!!!! :P

rhythmic_randomness Wed 4/2/2008 05:54AM
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May as well weigh in on this Morrison discussion. Jim Morrison, overrated? I THINK SO. Did the guy have some talent? Yeah. Truthfully, though, his biggest accomplishment was probably convincing a mass audience that he was more than he actually was. He found a group of guys with talent, who provided a canvas for him embellish with a tendency to oversell his mental acuity. How many times have you heard "bleeding Indians on the side of the road"? I think the real Morrison came out in lyrics like "...woke up this morning and I got myself a beer". I'll give that a hell yeah! And the breakdown in LA Woman, you know with the drums and organ "I see your hair is burnin...Hills are filled with fire..."...that's what made the Doors a force. I would never go as far as to say they were deep, but fun? I THINK SO. Last of all, just consider that we ALL know Robbie's name.

torn&treyed Wed 4/2/2008 09:28AM
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on the doors. I found that I liked the lyrics alot more when I was like 13 or 14.... they really spoke to me at that time, but as I got older I realized that much of it was drug fueled or just plain mania. Particle should become a trio I said that after they kicked hitchcock out of the band and then I said it again when each guitarist left. They might be worried about their ability to fill up the sound, but they can't go through any more personell changes if they want to grow as a band.

Kitty Begonia Wed 4/2/2008 10:03AM
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Kitty Begonia

Wow, so much Doors bashing - you should be ashamed of yourselves! Without The Doors, there would be no Iggy Pop, or Black Sabbath.

Particle is in a transitional phase, so what better way to work through it than by jamming with an awesome guitarist like Robby Kreiger? Cut these guys some slack...

Kitty Begonia Wed 4/2/2008 10:14AM
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Kitty Begonia

Bring Back Charlie Hitchcock!

rhythmic_randomness Wed 4/2/2008 11:11AM
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^Wow, what better way to say we all know his name, but to misspell it?! Sorry, Robby. My bad.

kandrokitis Wed 4/2/2008 12:11PM
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I find it funny that none of the bands on any of the people's profiles who are talking shit about the Doors except the Dead will ever be as big and as important of a band as the Doors.

freekfreely star Wed 4/2/2008 12:58PM
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Particle now is noting what they used to be. Where is the Charlie Hitchcock Experiment

cadailey37 starstarstarstar Wed 4/2/2008 05:44PM
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WOW! Can't believe there's so much hate towards the DOORS. I was at this show and as an avid Doors fan (and Particle fan) I thought it was amazing. The Doors are arguably the greatest American rock band ever...yes the Dead were amazing, not taking anything from them, but the Doors are mystical and mind blowing all at the same time. Morrison was a true rocker, Krieger and Manzerek were/are amazing musicians and Densmore held it down with the drums. For ya'll who clearly don't appreciate the Doors music, piss off.

Marcsmall Thu 4/3/2008 10:02AM
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Ecstacy burns holes in your brain....I've never seen an intelligent person who messes with the garbage.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/3/2008 10:11PM
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Marcsmall - Actually it does not "burn holes" in anything. It may not be good for you brain, but there are no holes being burned by it,

guitardave starstarstar Fri 4/4/2008 09:09AM
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How can people hate on The Doors? WTF? You don't have to like them on a personal level (which I doubt any of these bashers have ever met them, duhh) but at least show respect for the great music. Do any of these trance- noodle- wank bands have any songs that are as memorable as LA Woman or Peace Frog? Ignorance pervades! BTW, The greatest American band ever is the original Allman Brothers lineup, followed by GD and The Band.

Marcsmall Fri 4/4/2008 05:27PM
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Hoodoo---Well, it's a figure of speech....I don't think anyone believes it burns actual physical holes in your noggin....anyway, the shit is garbage, and is for people who cannot handle good L.

Pepiot starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/4/2008 07:46PM
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particle should be a trio or get charlie back because particle is a badass band

bigchris starstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 01:02PM
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I saw this show at the GAMH in SF and it was great. They really did some justice to the classic Doors tunes and Robbie sounded great on the axe that night, with lots of energy. The last couple times I saw Particle it was pretty bad, but this was just the opposite. Adam did a nice job of channeling Jim, which isn't easy for most singers. I hope they do this collaboration again, it was a lot of fun.

For those folks ripping on the Doors, sure Morrison was a wasted drunk, be he was also an incredible singer and writer too at times, much better than most of the bands that people fawn over here(sci, moe, phish, etc) those bands can only wish to have a lead man as powerful and timeless as Morrison. The Doors are one of the greatest American bands of all time and leave most if not all "jambands" in the dust, big time!

chinacatsunflower1989 Mon 4/14/2008 12:59PM
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i think everyone should jsut stop arguing and agree that particle grooves like none other, and the doors are one of the most incredible and influential groups to come out of the 1960's. I love particle so much, they can make a dance like a maniac (sober or not), and as long as they keep makin swee music im happy, whether its in a trio or with a guitarist!