In a very interesting turn of events for Particle fans, Charlie Hitchcock (original guitarist) has actually been replaced with two guitarists.

(Rana) and Ben Combe (Badshoe) are the two new rippers, and I can only imagine that this does a lot to roundout ’s sound. I’ll be watching their year closely, as they really turned the house upside-down on Friday night when they unveiled the new while filming their : Transformations .

View the setlist and roundup at KyndMusic and read on for the official announcement from the band. They’ve got their tour dates posted and they’re hitting everywhere. Don’t miss it.


Particle unveiled its new five-piece outfit on February 24 at the Henry in Hollywood. The band now boasts 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 in mid-March. The newly formed quintet will also make appearances at Jazzfest in New Orleans and Festival in .

Scott Metzger is a native who has played in numerous projects including Amfibian and Rana. He has collaborated with , , The Duo and , and 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 & 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 , G-Love, and .

This past week, the band shot a at The Fonda in Hollywood for release this summer via Shout! Factory, alongside special guests , , , and . 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 with Brazilian . After a short Texas run, the band heads West and will hit and San Diego. The band returns to ’s and Denver’s Gothic Theatre before heading to Lawrence for an evening at the Granada Theatre. Midwest stops include , Madison, Chicago, and Detroit. The East Coast is highlighted with appearances at the Paradise in Boston, the in NYC, and the Trocadero in . The Spring tour wraps up in the South East including return stops to Charlotte, Asheville’s Orange Peel, and the in Atlanta.

Particle has been featured on CNN and in . 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 , , and . 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 , CA w/
3/15/06 Meridian Houston, TX w/ Sky Blue 72
3/16/06 Fox & Hound Austin, TX w/ Brazilian
3/17/06 Granada Theatre Dallas, TX w/ Spoonfed Tribe
3/24/06 Brickhouse , AZ
3/25/06 San Diego, CA w/ Delta Nove
3/31/06 Mazotti’s Arcata, CA w/ That One Guy
4/01/06 Breeze , NV w/ That One Guy
4/03/06 Aggie Theatre Ft Collins, CO w/ That One Guy
4/04/06 Aspen, CO w/ That One Guy
4/05/06 Club 8150 Vail, CO w/ That One Guy
4/06/06 , CO w/ That One Guy
4/07/06 Black Sheep Springs, CO w/ That One Guy
4/08/06 Gothic Theatre Denver, CO w/ That One Guy
4/09/06 Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS w/ That One Guy
4/11/06 People’s Ames, IA w/ That One Guy
4/12/06 Cabooze , MN w/
4/13/06 Madison, WI w/ Fat Maw Rooney
4/14/06 Abbey Pub Chicago, IL w/ Brother Past
4/15/06 Magic Stick Detroit, MI w/ One Under
4/18/06 Crowbar State College, PA w/ Pnuma
4/19/06 Mazzanotti Syracuse, NY
4/20/06 Paradise Boston, MA w/ Pnuma
4/21/06 New York, NY w/ Mad Professor
4/22/06 Trocadero , PA w/ Kid Beyond
4/23/06 Recher Theatre Baltimore, MD w/
4/25/06 The Nation , DC
4/26/06 Starr Hill , VA w/ Kid Beyond
4/28/06 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC w/ the Bridge & Kid Beyond
4/27/06 Canal Club Richmond, VA w/ Kid Beyond
4/29/06 Orange Peel Asheville, NC w/
4/30/06 Music Farm , SC w/ The Bridge
5/02/06 Zydeco Birmingham, AL
5/03/06 Jupiter Tuscaloosa, AL w/ Chef Dave
5/04/06 The Library Oxford, MS w/ Chef Dave
5/05/06 Atlanta, GA w/ The Bridge
5/06/06 New Orleans, LA
5/20/06 Joshua Tree Music Festival Joshua Tree, CA
5/21/06 Ojai Global Groove Fest Ojai, CA

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