Powered by Google
Home
Listings
Editors' Picks
News
Music
Movies
Food
Life
Arts + Books
Rec Room
Moonsigns
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Personals
Adult Personals
Classifieds
Adult Classifieds
- - - - - - - - - - - -
stuff@night
FNX Radio
Band Guide
MassWeb Printing
- - - - - - - - - - - -
About Us
Contact Us
Advertise With Us
Work For Us
Newsletter
RSS Feeds
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Webmaster
Archives



sponsored links
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
PassionShop.com
Sex Toys - Adult  DVDs - Sexy  Lingerie


 
  E-Mail This Article to a Friend
 

Particle
LAUNCHPAD
(Or. Music)

So called "jam" bands ó those groups who mix improvisation into their usually funky sonic stew ó are faced with a particular challenge when they enter the studio. They can play like a non-improv band, cutting songs back to what usually proves to be woefully undeveloped fluff, or they can make a record thatís heavy on the instrumentals but lacks the energy of playing in front of an audience. On their debut full-length, the LA electro-jam quartet Particle try to have it both ways, working with a noted engineer (Tom Rothrock, whoís tweaked knobs for Beck and Foo Fighters) on songs that are glossy yet lengthy and give the band plenty of room ó maybe too much ó to flex their collective technical muscle. On each track, keyboardist Steve Molitz finds a spot where he can oscillate in front of the dance-happy funk; so does guitarist Charlie Hitchcock, who nails aggressive power chords as regularly as he does knee-knocking solo licks. But thatís the problem as well: performing 10 similar-themed, similar-tempoíd instrumentals, Particle get very repetitive very quickly. Live, where thereís beer and a dance floor, thatís okay. But when youíre listening to a CD, itís hard to get excited about tapping your foot.

BY JEFF MILLER


Issue Date: August 27 - September 2, 2004
Back to the Music table of contents
  E-Mail This Article to a Friend
 









about the phoenix |  advertising info |  Webmaster |  work for us
Copyright © 2005 Phoenix Media/Communications Group