The Crystal Method

The Crystal MethodFormed in 1993, The Crystal Method is the most recent stop in a string of projects that led the dance / electronic duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland from their native Las Vegas to the early ’90s L.A. rave scene. Their debut LP, Vegas – an unabashed party record bathed in acid, funk, rock, and big beat hip-hop – appeared in mid-1997 and became one of the best-selling and most recognized electronic albums ever released in the United States.

The follow-up Tweekend was released four years later, featuring guest appearances from guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) and singer Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver). After a series of mix albums (Community Service), the band dropped their third full-length Legion of Boom (2004) which was nominated for a Grammy in the category of electronic albums. They also wrote the score and produced the soundtrack for the film London, along with the theme tune to the Fox TV series Bones and tracks for music videogames.

Fast forward 2009 and The Crystal Method team up with even more notable guests, such as Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order), Justin Warfield (She Wants Revenge), Emily Haines (Metric), and Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) on fourth album Divided By Night. Featuring big, organic live drums and distortion, lots of bass, and the group’s trademark bombastic sound, the new songs are a fine testament to the Crystal Method’s legacy and prove that these electronic pioneers haven’t lost their touch.

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