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In the spring of 2015 we reached out to five of our independent musician colleagues/great friends to ask them if they would be part of the creation, revision and production of a WPC song. Without hesitation, they all said yes. These collaborations took place over the next six months in basements, living rooms and practice spaces all over the country, on line, via text, and of course during the actual recording sessions. Jen, Henry, Ringo, Isaac and Zoob gave us their full creative brilliance in order to bring these songs to life. Making art is all about taking risks and inviting in love. We hope you all enjoy what happened when we took the risk of putting our friends in charge and invited them into the WPC creative process with all of our love. We think they did an incredible job! We are forever grateful to you for listening, and to all of our fellow musicians/independent music fans for creating a far reaching and supportive community we consider to be family. We love you.

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released June 3, 2016

Recorded and Mixed by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo Studio, Windham Maine
Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, Portland Maine
Project Management by Darren Elder
Album Artwork by Allison Strange
When Particles Collide is Sasha G. Alcott and Christopher M. Viner

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When Particles Collide Bangor, Maine

The music of When Particles Collide includes Southern Rock choruses, New Wave a la Blondie vocals, lightning speed Green Day- esque drumming, classic Motown grooves and Queens of the Stone Age-style riffs -- and yet somehow it all sounds like Chris and Sasha.

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Track Name: Fight
Everybody knows about it, everyone can see
You got honey dripping from the trees that were planted,
They were planted by me
Everyone seems so glad about it,
Would you look at what he’s done?
But it was on my dime, my time working hard
That brought you where, where you wanted to be

I do not want to be this way
‘Cause my mother, my mother, my mother raised me right

Yeah you made the coffee in the morning just to
Send me off to work
And then the squalor took over, pride grew up around you,
Oh it blocked your view
‘Bout what I was doing, you did not deserve that time
You took every second from my wallet but the
Worst part
I gave it all, I gave it all for free

I do not want to be this way
‘Cause my mother, my mother, my mother raised me right

I do not want to be this way
‘Cause my mother, my mother, my mother taught me to fight

Fight, she taught me to fight.
Track Name: Burn
There’s a photo of you and I and I’m embarrassed about my hair and you’ve got that prideful stare

In your hands was my first taste of pleasure but you turned it into shame so I learned to do the same

And all I wanted was to stay warm so I learned the burn that always sets me free

My crooked teeth made their way to millions when you wrote it all down ‘bout how I left you

In your hands was every kind of pleasure but I turned your love down yes I turned your love down

And all I wanted was to stay warm so I learned the burn that always
And all I wanted was to stay warm so I learned the burn that always

You’re not the first to feed the flame
Catching fire from limb to limb
Finding growth beneath the underbrush
My heart burns like the sun

All I wanted was to stay warm so I learned the burn that always
All I wanted was to stay warm so I learned the burn that always
All I wanted was to stay warm so I learned the burn that always sets me free
Track Name: Give Up Enough
The stories you’ve been writing are what you’d expect
Other people want to hear, isn’t that right?
Where is that song I know that you can sing?
Paralyzed by what hasn’t happened yet.
Love is gonna set you free

A lion yes he needs a mane but a bird needs a nest
I want to hear that song so just give up enough

White lies and tight lips are a kiss of loneliness
Hold fast, hold tightly but give your love
Love is gonna set you free

A lion yes he needs a mane but a bird needs a nest
I want to hear that song so just give up enough

I can’t say that I’ve given up enough
From my shaky hands like tree trunks
If you stay long I swear I’ll give it up
I keep a white lie like a steam punk

A heart needs all your blood
but a heart needs some give

A lion yes he needs a mane but a bird needs a nest
I want to hear that song so just give up enough
A lion, Oh a lion, oh oh oh oh
Track Name: You're My Home
I can picture your arms but I never remember
the bones in your embrace
Since the last trip north at the end of December
there were new lines in your face

Do you push it aside when you can’t understand it?
Does it come to you in waves?
I was already gone and the month hadn’t ended
before you could ask me to stay

Bring in firewood over ice on the doorsill
alone no one will know
About a slip cracked hip or a call from the doctor
news I’ll hear tomorrow

The kindest thing I could have done
was be cruel to you those last three months

Take me home, you’re my home, you’re my home

I can picture your arms but I never remember
the bones in your embrace
Track Name: This Town
This Town is the grounds on which we lay, our hearts up on the bar

We were patient with the drunken mean talk and we
held the legs for dancing on table tops
And we listened when the jokes fell flat and the
notes as well hell we raised a glass
Woah-oh

We never took stock of the fortress we had built with her
walls of protection against our well earned guilt and our
bruises were forgiven in truth and our
arms were armaments against the things that we do

We can not stand up straight
We can not fall asleep
‘Cause open or closed
You’re all, you’re all our eyes can see
You’re all we see

Everything broke even the iron and the stone and
castle life is nothing when you’re all alone, and we
know without you both we’ll never get to see
The kingdom we could have been oh eventually

We can not stand up straight
We can not fall asleep
‘Cause open or closed
You’re all, you’re all our eyes can see
You’re all we see

This town is the grounds on which we lay, our hearts up on the bar
We carve our scars into each others arms
So we can hold on
Track Name: Ancient Future
You were supposed to always be here
My Ancient Future dear
But a mark on the timeline dropped in
Cracked a fissure in the pleasure now the joy is gone
Oh

We found the lake, but we didn’t know
The magic we felt was you
Now we make our way back to the beach and we know
The last spell was cast there’s nothing new

Oh, Where did you go?

Still finding notes, photographs and clothes
You’re everywhere we go
But we can’t play a track back to hear you laugh
Can’t feel a thing without your friendly smack

Oh,Where did you go?

We don’t know which way to go
The compass is busted we’re all alone
Should we come closer to what we know?
Or just get out, find something new?

Oh,Where did you go?

You were supposed to always be here, my Ancient Future dear
Track Name: Storm Cloud
Like a storm cloud gathering up

You scared away the prey but nurtured us with rain

Got an unplayed dartboard, an empty chair, an unread book
But I ain’t got no hands on my shoulders, no voice that shook
Got flowers overflowing in my bathtub
But you know, I ain’t got your love

I ain’t got your love

Like a storm cloud gathering up


You scared away the prey but nurtured us with rain
Track Name: These Stories
The ancient Gods went on a fishing trip
Tried to catch the world’s largest serpent
Coiled ‘round the globe
She would not succumb
But you know the Gods they will not be
They will not be undone

So they asked a question of the Northern Woods:
Who caught the fish when no one else could?
So they took our man
To the night sky
See him hauling catches for all
For all of time

We don’t believe these stories we tell
Though we still see the shapes in the clouds
We don’t believe these stories we tell
But we’re casting you
In these imaginary plays
We do it all, we do it all
Just to see your face.

It’s not easy to be the god of revelry
Give the people bliss but do not let it turn to fury
Dionysus must have grown
Tired and weary
Trying to get folks to let go
Let go of their fear

Who amongst you knows about bliss?
Who can ride a chariot while still givin’ a kiss?
So Dionysus took our wild one
Now she’s throwing parties at the top
The top of the mountain



We don’t believe these stories we tell
Though we still see the shapes in the clouds
We don’t believe these stories we tell
But we’re casting you
In these imaginary plays
We do it all, we do it all
Just to see your face.
Oh

Ursa major and the minor bear
Musta been looking just about everywhere
For a pair with a light so bright
They could light up the whole northern sky
Oh

And these stories we tell
We know they’re not true
But well tell them still
So we can always
Remember you.
Track Name: There Are Some Things
There are some things
We thought you might want to know
In our minds and sometimes right out loud
We still talk to you

You can now get a Bohito on the Rox.
We’re spellin’ it R-O-X.
And Sarita’s chest really does look best inside that dress, yeah
And Sarah found your stupid, plastic, oh your stupid plastic unicorn

Woah-oh-oh these are the things, the things we thought you ought to know

The library has some extra
Cash for new books
We got new ink, paper carnes, magic wands
And anything that reminds us of you
And our friend Chris, is getting a bright red phoenix

Woah-oh-oh these are the things, the things we thought you ought to know

We let the flowers float away at
Magic beach
And your loved ones moved in together to a
brand new place
And the night we all found out, you shut down downtown, you shut down downtown, you shut down the whole damn town

Woah-oh-oh these are the things, the things we thought you ought to know
These are the things, the things, the things that we wish we that could tell you
We wish that we could tell you
Track Name: We Know
No one needs to know the secrets that you wrote about
No one needs to know the way you felt that Thursday night
No one needs to know
Yes it’s true my dear you smoked too many cigarettes
Yes it’s true my dear your work undone left you with regrets
Yes it’s true my dear

And we know what we know ‘cause you told us
Yes we know what we know ‘cause you tolds us
Yes we know-o-o-o-o-o-o ‘cause you told us so

You never said aloud you’d move mountains for Isabelle
You never said aloud you’d handmade a gift just for us
You never said out loud
Yes it’s true my dear you couldn’t keep us away from our sins
Yes it’s true my dear you still did your best to save our skin
Yes it’s true my dear

And we know what we know ‘cause you showed us
Yes we know what we know ‘cause you showed us
Yes we know-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ‘cause you showed us so

And these paintings pain our hearts as we cross the threshold
We read the word sweets and it mocks us as we go
‘Cause nothing sweet is here to endear us to the truth evermore
We’ll never see you walking in from the kitchen’s swinging door

And we know what we know ‘cause we loved you
Yes we know what we know ‘cause we loved you
Yes we know-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, ‘cause we loved you so