There seems to be a plethora of duo acts out there nowadays — like 7Horse, Hymn to Her, and quite a few others spanning all varieties of genres. There’s even one based in Bangor: When Particles Collide. Made up of Chris Viner and his wife, Sasha (on drums and guitar, respectively) this team has released four albums since they began back in 2010, when they appeared in a production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in Bangor. (Three years later, they were married and began making records of all-original material). The duo will perform Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity. I placed a call to Chris to find out more about the band.

Q: To begin with, is what’s heard on your albums the same as what you sound like live or, with just the two of you, is it more minimal?

Viner: That’s a good question. It’s very similar. Obviously there are some songs with strings. There are no strings at our shows, but the guitar and drums and vocals are pretty much all the same. The songs are pretty true to what you hear, just minus the little embellishments. When you’re in the studio you get the chance to add a little bit extra if you want to, so on some of our previous albums we did that. On our “This Town” album, for the most part, there’s a couple of string things but we tried to keep it as true to just the two of us as possible. But if I wanted to play exactly what is on your album I’d just stay home and listen to your album. So I do want the live show to be a little bit different, and by different I mean there are no big strings and it doesn’t sound exactly like that. We try to fill that sound out as much as possible. That’s something we hear a lot: “For two people you guys really fill up a room!”

Q: You’ve got a show coming up at Unity College. Have you ever played there before?

Viner: We played Unity College once but it was when they used to do shows in their little union or what they used to call it. Now they’re doing shows in the Performing Arts Center, so we haven’t been (there).

Q: How much time do you spend on the road touring?

Viner: We just did 11 weeks this summer, so we go out all summer long, because Sasha is a teacher, and then we do about a week or so around Christmas, the holiday season, and then we do two solid weeks in March because she has a March break. The rest of it is like on weekends, so we’ll play two or three weekends out of the month as well, be it in Maine or Vermont, other places in New Hampshire, Massachusetts. We can get out to New York, which we’ve done a couple of times, like Jersey, that’s all doable within a weekend for us. We’re on the road straight probably 14 or 15 weeks out of the year, and the rest is weekends.

Q: What does Sasha teach?

Viner: She teaches high school chemistry at a private boarding school in New Hampshire — Phillips-Exeter.

Q: So you’re actually based in New Hampshire?

Viner: Well, we say we’re still from Bangor, we just live in New Hampshire for work. It allows us to tour a little bit more just because of the schedule and housing we’re given while we’re here. But our home will always be Maine and our hometown Bangor. Maine is in our hearts, that’s where we always say we’re from.

Q: What can folks expect from your upcoming show at the UCCPA?

Viner: Rock ‘n’ roll. I think classic rock lovers tend to actually really like us. People who love Led Zeppelin and people who love The Who, people who love Heart and Blondie and Joan Jett, Pretenders — all that late ’70s/’80s classic rock — tend to really love us. And then even the middle-aged group that loved Pearl Jam and Nirvana — the indie alternative rock from the ’90s — that group of people really enjoys us. We put on a good show, Sasha loves to be onstage and it’s infectious, I guess, what she’s feeling and what we’re feeling — the interaction between the two of us. There’s a real passion for the music that we play between the two of us, and I think we convey that to the audience. Everyone has a good time because of that. We’re not everyone’s cup of tea but we’re somebody’s cup of tea.

Q: And the bottom line?

Viner: We’re going to have fun and we’re going to make you want to … oh, what did our friend Will say? Oh yeah: “I wanna shake my butt and this makes me shake my butt!”

Q: Well, “Constant Disaster” — off “Photoelectric” — is the track I keep playing over and over again.

Viner: That’s a very big crowd favorite. I mean, it follows pretty much exactly what you would think a classic rock song would be like.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to pass on to the folks reading this article?

Viner: I have no idea other than “support local music” because you’re not just supporting the band, you’re supporting so many other people that have spent so many hours working on their own craft.

Lucky Clark has spent more than 45 years writing about good music and the people who make it. He can be reached at [email protected] if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

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