Photo Credit: Cait Bourgault
when particles collide is an unstoppable rock duo
Downeast Magazine Best Summer Tour 2017
Featured music and on screen appearance in Rock Band Rivals Dec 2016
Best New Artist Boston Music Awards 2014
Semi Finalist WZLX Rock ‘n Roll Rumble 2014
10 Maine Bands to Listen To Right Now Paste Magazine 2014
Rock ‘n Roll is about singing and playing the truth so that we can all be a little more human, so that we can better understand ourselves through the power of rhythm, melody and verse. WPC believes this art form makes us all feel empowered, inspired, connected and unstoppable.
In March of 2010 Sasha and Chris met when they were both cast in a Bangor Maine production of Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Sasha played guitar and Chris played drums. They fell in love with playing together and later just plain old fell in love.
In January of 2011 They played their first official show as When Particles Collide and since then have been on a non-stop rock ‘n roll adventure.
Since the summer of 2012 When Particles Collide has been touring the country for 9-14 weeks per year and playing consistently across New England the other 43-38 weeks. All told the duo racks up between 70-100 shows per year resulting in one of the most dynamic, engaging and professional live shows you can see at a mid sized venue.
They have released seven sets of recordings, pressed two full length vinyl records and made friends and fans all across the country.
They are unstoppable, and also, hard to pigeonhole:
You're onto something great when you can deliver a straightforward pop nugget that pulls from Motown, heavy metal and equal parts Joan Jett and Nancy Sinatra.....punk rock fury, metal crescendos and delicate melodic turns...groovy, heavy pop, slick, hypnotic new wave (power pop? power wave?).
-Jed Gottlieb The Boston Herald August 2016
WPC’s music is an amalgam of many kinds of rock: punk, metal, grunge, Southern, classic, new wave.
- Chris Busby, The Bollard, June 2015
She (Sasha) and drummer Chris Viner make music that’s hard to pin down, a powerful mix of art-rock and pop-punk.
-Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine, September 2014
Clothed in a delicious pop-punk candy shell, but inside lies a rhythmic and melodic core that’s rooted in Alcott and Viner’s dynamic partnership, with elements of jazz and metal creeping in.
-Emily Burnham, Bangor Daily News, June 2014
They have no intention of slowing down, or giving into the conventional wisdom that rock ‘n roll is only for the young. There are songs yet to be written, performances yet to give, and traveling yet to be done. Keep your eyes and ears ready for WPC’s UNSTOPPABLE ROCK.