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LA matter makes its way to Whistler

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"We really hope to bring audiences into a sonic adventure – a mix between smiles, joy and celebration, mixed with something they haven’t heard before. They can see where the music lies."

Communication seems to be the key to unlocking the sweet spot of a band jam.

"By setting the stage up in a semi-circle pattern, versus seating the drummer on the side, we have a good line of sight with each other and great communication, and a lot of times we’ll try out new techniques," says Gould.

Songwriting is a collective effort that includes input from all the band members, who work together at a home base or in the studio.

"Our preferred style of recording is using the Roland 1680. We’ll be recording our first full album in January 2002," notes Gould.

From all over the LA area, including Santa Monica, the Manhattan beach area and the West Side (where Gould is from), the band, like atom particles, attracts several different combinations.

"Our mix has your typical jam people, the hippie scene and other people who just enjoy the improvisation of it all. There’s also the rave crowd fusion of sorts," says Gould.

Band members treat their music jamming opportunities as a gift. They also contribute to charity, where possible. When their show was cancelled as a result of the Sept. 11 disaster, Particle played a last minute benefit in support of the Red Cross Relief Fund at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. The event raised over $5,000.

"We feel we’re doing something special anyway, so if we’re doing it for a cause it’s even better – fantastic actually. I can’t imagine how some of those people must feel who play concerts like Free Tibet," marvels Gould.

Boat cruises provide another travelling venue for the band, who played the Stanley Park three hour cruise tour in Vancouver just prior to hitting Whistler’s Garibaldi Lift Company.

Beginning in Santa Monica, tour plans take the band through Oregon and B.C., ending up in Las Vegas, where they board a plane to NYC to play the Knitting Factory.

Particle has also played the Temple Bar in LA, Winston’s in San Diego, and the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco.

"We like to think that a particle can be as miniscule as an atom particle or as large as a planet, so we’re creating our own world around this art form," says Gould.

While they draw on several influences of their own – keyboardist Molitz leaning towards hip hop and trance, while dummer Pujalet likes the funk – Gould says with a laugh they "still have a bit of rock ’n’ roll left in all of them."