Mickey Hart and Particle emerge as jam band Hydra
LOS ANGELES – The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Particle, a pioneering electronic/jam-rock band, have come together to form Hydra. The new group will launch a 14-date tour debuting their innovative sound nationwide beginning April 7 in Santa Cruz, Calif., and the group will play Denver at the Paramount Theatre April 12.
This union marks the first time Hart has joined an existing act to create a new unit. “Hydra is about extreme music. Extreme music for extreme people. I need it,” said Hart.
Particle members said Hydra’s sound is a departure from anything we’ve ever done before. It’s a whole new breed of sonic exploration. Concertgoers can expect to hear original material such as “Heart Of The Hydra,” “Creature of Comfort” and “The Glow,” as well as a sampling of Particle songs, and a dose from Hart’s catalogue, including the possibility of fresh takes on Grateful Dead classics. Mickey Hart is a Grammy award winner and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. His near 40 years with the Dead plus myriad of world music projects have brought a heightened awareness to the role of the drum in global cultures. As half the percussion tandem known as the Rhythm Devils, Mickey transcended the conventions of rock drumming. Particle has enjoyed a whirlwind career trajectory since forming in 2000. The instrumental quartet’s signature “funktronic” blend has earned them a core audience of adventurous music fans dubbed “Particle People.”