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Particle :: 02.24 :: The Fonda - by Earl Gardner
Gould, Pujalet, Combe, Molitz, Metzger

Particle unveiled its new five-piece outfit on February 24 at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The band now boasts Scott Metzger and Ben Combe on guitar and vocals, in addition to original members Eric Gould (bass), Steve Molitz (keys) and Darren Pujalet (drums). The group plans to unleash more new material throughout its forty city cross-country Spring tour, which begins with an appearance at South by Southwest in mid-March. The newly formed quintet will also make appearances at Jazzfest in New Orleans and The Green Apple Music Festival in New York City.

Scott Metzger is a New York City native who has played in numerous projects including Amfibian and RANA. He has collaborated with Gov't Mule, Ween, The Duo and Mike Gordon, and Galactic amongst others. Metzger first met Particle while abroad the Xingolati cruise last year and struck up a conversation with bass player Eric Gould after a chance jam session with DJ Logic & Friends.

Ben Combe is a Massachusetts native who relocated to Arizona after his tenure at the Berklee School of Music. He has written and produced music for his former Arizona based project Badshoe. Combe was urged by a friend to send his CD to Particle for an audition and the band was so impressed they called him immediately. Metzger and Combe met for the first time at the band’s initial rehearsal and the new combination is yielding excellent results.

Gould, Molitz, and Pujalet have been preparing for this new phase in their evolution, writing new material and sitting in and recording with other acts including Blues Traveler, G-Love, and Umphrey's McGee.

This past week, the band shot a DVD at The Fonda in Hollywood for release this summer via Shout! Factory, alongside special guests Joe Satriani, Robby Krieger, Blackalicious, and DJ Logic. Particle also debuted fresh songs including "Give," which opened the show and reinvented Particle originals such as "Triple Threat" and "Simulator." They also dove into each of the respective new guitar player's catalogues and debuted Combe's "The Sweeper" and "Losing It," as well as Metzger's "Smile" and "It's So Hard (Believe Me)." The show also featured a stunning encore of Metzger and Combe reinterpreting The Verve's "Lucky Man" before finishing off with an all-star laden version of "Superstition."

Particle's Spring tour kicks off with an appearance at SXSW with Brazilian Girls. After a short Texas run, the band heads West and will hit Phoenix and San Diego. The band returns to Boulder's Fox Theatre and Denver's Gothic Theatre before heading to Lawrence for an evening at the Granada Theatre. Midwest stops include Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, and Detroit. The East Coast is highlighted with appearances at the Paradise in Boston, the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, and the Trocadero in Philadelphia. The Spring tour wraps up in the South East including return stops to Charlotte, Asheville's Orange Peel, and the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.

Particle has been featured on CNN and in Rolling Stone. Their debut album Launchpad was named one of 2004's Top Ten albums of the year by the Associated Press and they have appeared at Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Austin City Limits Music Festival. They have played over 700 shows in 8 countries since their inception in October of 2000.

Particle's new dynamic allows the act to stretch in many different directions that had previously been off limits. The addition of guitar and vocal harmonies as well as the restructuring of their material and the magical journey to discovering this new incarnation of the band makes Particle a force to reckon with this Spring. Check out the tour dates below:

2.28.06 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA w/ Motion Potion
3.15.06 | Meridian | Houston, TX
3.16.06 | SXSW | Fox & Hound | Austin, TX w/ Brazilian Girls, Mutaytor, and Kid Beyond
3.17.06 | Granada Theatre | Dallas, TX w/ Spoonfed Tribe
3.24.06 | Brickhouse | Phoenix, AZ
3.25.06 | The Belly Up Tavern | San Diego, CA w/ Delta Nove
3.31.06 | Mazottis | Arcata, CA
4.01.06 | Breeze | Tahoe, NV
4.04.06 | The Belly Up | Aspen, CO
4.05.06 | Club 8150 | Vail, CO
4.06.06 | The Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO
4.08.06 | The Gothic Theatre | Denver, CO
4.09.06 | The Granada Theatre | Lawrence, KS
4.11.06 | People's | Ames, IA
4.12.06 | The Cabooze | Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Past
4.13.06 | The Orpheum Theatre | Madison, WI w/ Fat Maw Rooney
4.14.06 | The Abbey Pub | Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Past
4.15.06 | Magic Stick | Detroit, MI
4.18.06 | The Crowbar | State College, PA
4.19.06 | Mazzanotti | Syracuse, NY
4.20.06 | The Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA w/ Pnuma Trio
4.21.06 | The Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY w/ Mad Professor
4.22.06 | The Trocadero | Philadelphia, PA
4.23.06 | Recher Theater | Baltimore, MD
4.26.06 | Starr Hill Music Hall | Charlottesville, VA
4.27.06 | Canal Club | Richmond, VA
4.28.06 | The Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA
4.29.06 | Orange Peel | Asheville, NC
4.30.06 | The Music Farm | Charleston, SC
5.02.06 | Zydeco | Birmingham, AL
5.03.06 | Jupiter | Tuscaloosa, AL
5.04.06 | Proud Larry's | Oxford, MS
5.21.06 | Joshua Tree Music Fest | Joshua Tree, CA


[Published on: 2/27/06]

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ShattrdHarlequin starstarstarstar Mon 2/27/2006 09:53AM
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Why did they have to schedule Denver the same night as Keller?

RedMule starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/27/2006 09:59AM
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I feel like the last comment really sums it up. By adding Metzger on guitar and allowing him to release vocals, really opens up doors for Particle that were previously closed. This is some of the most exciting news I have heard in all of 2006!
I am so happy for these guys and I can't wait for them to come out to the PAC NW!
Good luck on the rest of the tour and maybe there is a new studio album in the mix???

JeffM Mon 2/27/2006 10:02AM
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The show friday night was sick!!! This band is off the hook! Huge jams, more open spaces to create great music and some sweet vocals for good measure. WoooHooo!

1 star Mon 2/27/2006 10:04AM
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YAY PARTICLE......i guess.

dedhed6111 starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/27/2006 10:31AM
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Particle rides again! F'in A!

BHK starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/27/2006 11:14AM
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Welcome Ben and Scott! You guys killed it on Friday!

rowdiex starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/27/2006 11:58AM
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Sounds fantastic, Got my heady 4/20 show at the Dise in Bean-Town. Lol, gonna be siiiiiiiiiick.

triberyder9 starstarstarstar Mon 2/27/2006 01:19PM
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these guys are sick! One of the best bands to see live, expecially collaborating with other artist. Particle is raw energy so checks these guys out and make sure you bring your dancing shoes.

lonzo starstarstarstar Mon 2/27/2006 01:23PM
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Toronto likes music to.

freekfreely starstarstar Mon 2/27/2006 02:05PM
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Go to Keller it will be over by midnight then shoot down to the Gothic for a late night rager fest. What are you new to this game. Denver Rules

PhishyManDan starstarstar Mon 2/27/2006 03:12PM
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Wait, hold on now - Scott Metzger is now officially a permanent part of Particle!?

iang2k Mon 2/27/2006 06:59PM
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man nobody comes to FL anymore...

japhams starstar Mon 2/27/2006 08:35PM
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Maybe it was just opening night jitters, but the new guys were a little off. The show was a bit of a disapointment- a surprising Joe Satriani saved the day with a rocking appearance. These guys need to stop trying to please their ecstacy-laden crowd and find their true sound if they want to bring their music to a broader audience.

multibeast starstar Tue 2/28/2006 08:25AM
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Without Charlie...Particle who?

peej starstarstarstar Tue 2/28/2006 09:13AM
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I am so glad that Particle snatched Ben Combe up. That guy is so good and deserves to be touring around the country melting faces. I can't wait to see these guys now. Have fun Ben!!!

Rinosquad starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/28/2006 09:38AM
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chupachug starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/28/2006 07:48PM
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man was this show off the hook or what?? Robbie and Joe were both laying it down.kuddos to particle!!!

iang2k Tue 2/28/2006 07:52PM
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its not a TOUR without FL!!!

nfenne starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/1/2006 07:16AM
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I've always liked Particle but I felt like they were only slightly more entertaining than going to see a good DJ. I'm really excited to hear them now with Metzger and Combe. I hope that adding vocals and additional songwriters can help them grow into a better band. Can wait to see them in Baltimore!

TK starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/1/2006 12:13PM
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The Newticle was great last night, Metz and Ben add another dimension to the band. I was totally impressed from start to finish, the layered vocal harmonies were amazing, I couldn't believe it was Particle on stage. Nice additions!

mule1975 starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/1/2006 06:51PM
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East Coast meets the West Coast. Cann't wait to hear it. Peace

DI519 starstarstarstar Mon 3/13/2006 12:01PM
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Awesome - can't wait to see the Chicago and Detoit shows. I first saw Particle last year at JazzFest on the Cajun Queen and have been a Particle fan since. I'm very excited to hear them with the new lineup.