Grand Unifier

by Particle Wave

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Building on the blend of driving Southern California psych rock and surf-gaze melodies unearthed in its first two studio outings, Los Angeles-based Particle Wave raise the bar this spring with its third studio LP, Grand Unifier.

The new recording represents a brush with the past for Particle Wave, as the quartet reconvened in late 2013 at New Monkey Studios in Van Nuys, Calif., site of their first recording (2009’s Interference Pattern). Continuing on that theme, the quartet enlisted the services of producer Nick Luca (Iron and Wine, Calexico, Neko Case), who also manned the boards for Interference Pattern. The sessions yielded a familiar and comfortable vibe resulting in the band’s most dense and challenging recording to date. By stepping into the past, Particle Wave has conjured up its vision for the future.

A hauntingly melodic musical and lyrical journey, Grand Unifier invokes the experience of bittersweet enlightenment balanced with simple, yet unshakable optimism. Using Interference Pattern and 2011’s sophomore effort Painting On Shadows as stepping stones, Grand Unifier delivers a humble homage to the group’s classic rock roots and influences, while expanding sonic boundaries to create a modern garage rock sound. By layering a fearless mix of ethereal effects-driven guitars riffs and complimentary keyboard licks on top of a rock-steady rhythm core, Particle Wave took aim at advancing that smooth California style and tone present in its earlier efforts. The result is authentic and lush soundscapes that are both elegant and extremely listenable.

Particle Wave’s journey began in 2006 when long-time friends Chase Harris (The Meeting Places), Brian Arthurs and Bryce Stoddart joined forces with songwriter Greg Maechling.

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released February 23, 2014

Grand Unifier – Album Credits

Music and Lyrics by Greg Maechling

Produced by Nick Luca and Particle Wave

Brian Arthurs
Chase Harris
Greg Maechling
Bryce Stoddart

with
Nick Luca
Belinda Skinner
Ijeoma Njaka

Engineered by Tyler Shields
Mixed by Nick Luca
Mastered by JJ Golden
Design by Amanda Brauer

Recorded at New Monkey Studio – Van Nuys, CA
Additional recording – Kingsize Sound Labs, Los Angeles, CA

Special Thanks to: Greg Cortez, Erik Salino, Robert Cappadona &
Joel Graves.

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Building on the blend of driving Southern California psych rock and surf-gaze melodies unearthed in its first two studio outings, Los Angeles-based Particle Wave raise the bar this spring with its third studio LP, Grand Unifier. Particle Wave’s journey began in 2006 when long-time friends Chase Harris, Brian Arthurs and Bryce Stoddart joined forces with songwriter Greg Maechling. ... more

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Track Name: Grand Unifier
I’m still living with a curse
From the time I tried
to unify the multiverse
Now it shows me everything
I’ve done and seen
Said before and in between
Can’t forget a thing
Can’t forget one damn thing no

Doesn’t feel like I am free
This light it owns me
Strips me down
Forces me to be
At peace
with all I’ve done
Thought before
And used to dream.
Can’t forget a thing
Can’t forget one damn thing

I’m still living with a curse
From the time I tried
to unify the multiverse
Now it shows me everything
I’ve done and seen
Said before and in between
Can’t forget a thing
Can’t forget one damn thing no
Track Name: Mr Lonely
Hey hey Mr. Lonely
Who you hiding from
Sit in your house
Doing nothing
What the hell is wrong
Linger all day
Wasting your life away

Hey hey Mr. Lonely
How long you been inside
Open up some
Take a chance now
Get yourself some pride
It ain’t a sin
To let somebody in

He hey Mr. Lonely
My time is done
The world is waiting
Waiting for you
Can you overcome
You’ll shine in the sun
Cause you know I’m always there
Track Name: G Down Pattern
It's a shame I can't repay
The worst you done to me.
More than sure
It's well deserved
Forgiving won't be easy.

Stop leading me on
It's not mine
Stop dragging this on
It's not mine anymore.

How many times
I bought the line
You were
In it for me
The return
Same old burn
This time it’s on me

Stop leading me on
It's not mine
Stop dragging this on
It's not mine anymore.

It's a shame I can't repay
The worst you done to me.
More than sure
It's well deserved
Forgiving won't be easy.
Track Name: I Know
I know I know I know
Leaving.
I know I know I know
Missing you
I know I know I know
Grieving.
I know I know I know
Loving you.

But when your light is gone
There’s nothing more
For me to see
And when
Your love is gone
There’s nothing more
Here for me

I know I know I know
Frustration
I know I know I know
What you’ve been thru
I know I know I know
Elation
I know I know I know
Loving you

But when your light is gone
There’s nothing more
For me to see
And when
Your love is gone
There’s nothing more
Here for me
Track Name: More I Can Do
We were fading
Barely alive
Understated
Cold and contrived.

I've got no rights over you
It's not mine left to choose
Go live the life that you wanted
Got me thinking there's
Something more I can do

Forget the reason
Just slow your mind
It's worth saving
If we take the time.

I've got no rights over you
It's not mine left to choose
Go live the life that you wanted
Got me thinking there's
Something more I can do

I was lazy
Couldn't make things right
Forever taking
Never once provide
Track Name: Know It's Right
Gotta believe this ain’t wasted
Gotta believe this time
It’s on the way
Gotta believe in the time this has taken
All the mistakes
Are worth something, something..yeah
And I’ll know when it’s right
Know it’s right
Know it’s right

Gotta believe the more I am tested
Gotta believe its how
It’s supposed to be. Yeah.
Gotta believe in the time this has taken
All the mistakes are worth something, something.
And I’ll know when it’s right
Know it’s right
Know it’s right
Track Name: Welcome You In
Sent her off in the loudest way
There was no cause for it
I was so enraged
I was

Held the pain for several days
Until it would finally fade
But by then
It was too late.

Eyes never focus again
Lost in the notion
Desperate to welcome you in.

Don't know why
IIt takes so long
To get past the wrong
If I only tried
If I..

Eyes never focus again
Lost in the notion
Desperate to welcome you in.
Track Name: I Don't Notice
Take it all
Take it in
I can’t believe it
All the ways you tried
To slow me down

I don’t notice
I don’t notice

Don’t think at all
Just take it in
I can’t believe it
How many times you tried
To hold me down

I don’t notice
I don’t notice

Take it all
Take it in
I can’t believe it
Of all the ways you tried
To shut me down

I don’t notice
I don’t notice

Can’t think it all
Just take it in
I can’t believe it
All the ways you tried
To hold me down
Track Name: What You're After
Feel it coming oh no
Got to have it more and more
Give me something
Soft and slow
Oh ease this mind

Thoughts coming on so quick
Step aside I need that fix
Tell my brain to throw the switch
It's time to ride.

When all you are
Is what you're after..
You can roll
But it won't show
It all goes away

Best now to
Settle your debts
Just simple cause and effect
Oh that feeling I've come to expect
Leaves me every time.

I've got lifetimes left to master
It's so slow
But I know
It all goes away.

Feel it coming oh no
Got to have it more and more
Give me something
Soft and slow
Oh ease this mind
Track Name: Come Home
I’d like to thank you for tonight
I really had a super time
I think I drank way too much wine
I’ll be alright
Just one thing I want to say

Before you come home with me
Take a good look at what you see
And before you stay with me
Lets be clear
You won’t want me here
In the morning

The sun is up and your still here
You didn’t fully get the plan
What was so hard to understand

Before you came home with me
We agreed you would leave
And before you stayed with me
We were clear
You would not be here
In the morning
Track Name: Wish Them Peace
You don't have to worry
About the beginning or the end
You don't have to worry
Why light bends
The only thing that matters
Is how you treat a friend
Wish them peace

You don't have to change them
It’s just the way it is
You don't have to save them
To help with how it is
The only thing that matters
Is how you treat a friend
Wish them peace

You don’t have to worry
I’m here to help you thru
You don’t have to worry
This love will get you thru
The only thing that matters
Is how you treat a friend
Wish them peace

I was looking for
I was searching for my way
I was leaning on
Counting on some grace.


I was trying
For a little kindness
Just a little timing
Can you give it to me
I finally see
What you mean
We’re halfway to the bottom

I was climbing
Tethered to this lightning
Hell bent on finding
Oh..
Oh give me silence to breathe.

I was tired
Slaving to desire
Grasping at this fire
Oh, where’s my relief
I finally see what you mean
We’re halfway to the bottom yeah.

Lets go forward
Get me off this ocean
Stop this standing motion
Oh
Oh give me silence to breathe.