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When Particles Collide / Press

““This is levitation music -- from the hyperreal T. Rex stomp of "Ego" to the closing power-chamber-pop of "Distraction," When Particles Collide's 5-song EP is a jet engine-powered liftoff machine. Afterwards, you finally get to catch a breath, after Sasha Alcott and Chris Viner are through being as palpable on record as they are on stage, after some power-chorded banshee soul, after some rock duo-as-symphonic-juggernaut sleight-of-hand. Maybe you're in Bangor, Maine, or maybe you're somewhere else entirely, but you've been taken higher.””

Zeth Lundy - author of Songs in the Key of Life

"A bold step and big statement for the power duo... shows a newfound songwriting maturity, paired with some studio wizardry that showcases their considerable chops as musicians.”

Emily Burnham - Bangor Daily News

“They deliver short, tight, pop-punk gems with confidence and grace. Chris Viner is a total powerhouse on the drums, relentlessly pounding the skins in perfect time as Sasha Alcott simultaneously spits out chords on her Gretsch while singing catchy tales of loss and love.”

“The duo strays away from science after the first song in their 6-song album and focuses on their obvious rock and roll roots. Listening closely I get vibes from all over the rock spectrum from Rush to the White Stripes to moments that they can call all their own. As a jazz-rooted drummer, Chris is able to add a unique spin of complex, flowing beats to compliment Sasha’s lively and melodic vocals.”

“What in the name of Jack and Meg White is possible on a rock record with only a duo performing? A lot, it turns out, if you're into edgy proclamation. When Particles Collide -- the dense electric project of Sasha Alcott and Chris Viner -- hasn't been around for eons, but you wouldn't know it from the feisty "Mass to Energy" EP. These chemistry-punning tracks sound at once like the work of seasoned pros and the fresh outlet for performers who have suddenly found their sound.”

“A punk rocker and a jazz drummer, from very different musical backgrounds, coming together to make a big, satisfying bang. Alcott’s love of the two-and-a-half minute rock song, and Viner’s expressive, fluid, jazz-informed drumming meld perfectly...He utilizes the full potential of his drum kit, and is fearless in playing both big, crashing fills and delicate, polyrhythmic passages. Alcott’s songs are tough, heartfelt rockers, with deeply personal lyrics and alternately crunchy and jangly punk rock riffs. The duo setting shines a light on her words and guitar playing, which draw from such inspirations as early PJ Harvey, the Pretenders, Sleater-Kinney and the Pixies. Angry, fist-pumping anthems like “Dear Rachel” and “Not High School” fit perfectly next to the more melodic, introspective songs like “10 Years” and “Somebody Find Me.”

“Not only is the music captivating and full of energy, When Particles Collide brings a stage presence that will sink its hooks right into you. Trust me, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of them. Front woman Alcott works the stage as she hits the crowd with her powerhouse vocals, and shreds away on her 12 string electric Danelecro. Viner backs her up with tight, steady beats, accompanied by mind-blowing drum fills.”