The new group will launch a 14-date tour debuting their unique sound nationwide, beginning April 7th in Santa Cruz, Calif., and ending on April 24th in Washington, DC. Stops include The Fillmore in San Francisco, Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, and New York’s Roseland Ballroom.

This union marks the first time Hart has joined an existing act to create a new unit. He calls the endeavor, “Extreme music for extreme people.”

Particle says, “Hydra’s sound is a departure from anything we’ve ever done before. It’s a whole new breed of sonic exploration.”

Concert-goers can expect to hear original material as well as a sampling of Particle songs, and a dose from Hart’s catalog, including the possibility of fresh takes on Grateful Dead classics.

Mickey Hart’s 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. Highlight performances include sets at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, Austin City Limits Festival, and recent shows in Japan and Europe.