Steve Molitz of Particle has announced that the band will not only be featuring a live touring lineup, but will release its first full-length studio album since 2004′s Launchpad, as well as releasing archived albums EP’s, videos and remixes. With original drummer Darren Pujalet and bassist Eric Gould taking a step back to concentrate on family life, Particle will bring in bassist Clay Parnell (Brothers Past/BioDiesel) and drummer Brandon Draper of Quixotic. Guitarist Ben Combe, who replaced original guitarist Charlie Hitchcock, will remain with Molitz and the new members.
The new tour will see Particle on the road for their longest stint in recent years, as their presence on the scene has been minimal, with a semi-hiatus and other projects taking priority. The 37-date Winter/Spring tour will begin on February 1st at Stage One in Fairfield, CT and will make its way across the country.
Particle will kick off a brief holiday run in Denver tonight for two nights, before making their way to New York for a Phish after-party at The Cutting Room on the 30th, and a New Year’s Eve celebration at RockNRoll Resort at The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa.
Here is an official statement from ParticlePeople.com:
We hope this message finds you in good spirits, and that your Holiday Season has been full of wonder and joy so far. This is a very exciting time for the band and we want to share some of our plans for the New Year with you…
2014 will find Particle touring extensively from coast to coast, and the band will also be releasing its first full-length studio album since 2004’s Launchpad. In addition, we’re looking forward to releasing a number of archived albums, EPs, videos and remixes.
This is a time of revival for Particle and it is also a time of change. Bassist Eric Gould adopted a little girl from China this past May, and drummer Darren Pujalet is about to become the father of twin boys. As they embark on the journey of fatherhood, Eric and Darren will be stepping back from their full-time roles in the band. Founding member and keyboardist Steve Molitz will carry the Particle torch along with longtime guitarist Ben Combe and an exciting new rhythm section.
Although Eric and Darren won’t be touring, they’ll both still be involved in Particle whenever time permits. They will appear as featured guests on recordings, and they’ll also perform as special guests at select concerts. Eric and Darren will also both remain active in the music scene by performing with their various side projects including Game 7, Dirty Dawgs, and Pink Talking Fish.
As the band continues to evolve, we are all very happy to welcome two great friends and incredibly talented musicians to the Particle family:
Clay Parnell has been touring on the national scene since 2000, and he is best known for his roles as a founding member and bassist for Brothers Past, BioDiesel, and Kick Rocks. Clay and Particle have crossed paths many times over the years at festivals and concerts, and he and Steve have recently developed a great chemistry playing together in several bands (Everyone Orchestra, SkyDeck Allstars, Bad Puss). Clay’s signature low end sound and deep pocket grooves are the perfect match for Particle’s driving dance beats and expansive improvisation…
Brandon Draper is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured as the drummer for bands ranging from multimedia performance troupe Quixotic, to disco queen Donna Summer. When he’s not on the road, Brandon holds music faculty positions at both The University of Kansas and Kansas City Academy. Brandon first played with Particle in 2009, and since then he’s played drums with the band at a number of shows, including two appearances at the Catskill Chill Music Festival in Hancock, NY. His explosive mix of electro breakbeats and world rhythms is the perfect foundation for Particle’s high-energy dance music…
And so begins another chapter in our adventures! We’re all really looking forward to this next phase in the band’s evolution. We’ve always been the kind of band that is fueled by the energy of our fans, and we’re grateful to be a part of such an amazing live music scene that embraces invention and exploration.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year filled with friends, family, and great music!
We can’t wait to see you all out on the road very soon…
2013 HOLIDAY TOUR
12.27 – Denver, CO – Donkey OTs
Genetics at 9pm, Particle at 10:30pm
12.28 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
Malai Llama at 9:30pm, Particle at 11pm
12.30 – New York, NY – The Cutting Room
Late Night Phish After-Party!! Doors at 11:30pm, Particle at 12:30am – Feat. Special Surprise Musical Guests
12.31 – Kerhonkson, NY – RockNRoll Resort at The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa – New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!
2014 WINTER TOUR*
2.1 – Fairfield, CT – Stage One
2.5 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den
2.6 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
2.7 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
2.8 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star
2.9 – Baltimore, MD – The 8 x 10
2.11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Jewish Mother
2.12 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
2.13 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
2.14 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
2.15 – Live Oak, FL – Aura Music Festival
2.17 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
2.18 – Baton Rouge, LA – The Spanish Moon
2.20 – Dallas – House of Blues Foundation Room (Free Show!)
2.21 – Austin, TX – Speakeasy
2.22 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Peacock Room
*Special guest Jon Wayne & the Pain will support the entire Spring Tour, with the exception of the Aura Music Festival on 2/15.
2014 SPRING TOUR**
3.29 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
3.30 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley
4.1 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe
4.3 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
4.4 – Santa Barbara, CA – SoHo
4.5 – San Diego, CA – V Elements Festival
4.6 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
4.8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
4.10 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
4.11 – St. Louis, MO – 2720 Cherokee
4.12 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Sanctuary
4.13 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
4.15 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
4.16 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe
4.17 – LaCrosse, WI – Cavalier Theater
4.18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
4.19 – Madison, WI – The Majestic Theater
4.20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
4.22 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theater
4.24 – Memphis, TN – 1884 Lounge
4.26 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf
**Freekbass will support the Winter Tour from 4/10-4/20.