October 25th 2008
The Crystal Method, electronic duo Ken Jordan and
Scott Kirkland, have been fixtures on the dance
music scene for more than a decade. Front running
pioneers of big-beat electronica; their peers include
the Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, Fatboy Slim
and other predominantly UK-based acts. But born
and bred in Las Vegas and having put to practice
their music in underground clubs in Los Angeles
during the start of their career, this duo is undeniably
American. And lately, in addition to putting the
finishing touches on their yet-untitled fourth studio
album, they are in the midst off a 30-city weekend
club tour throughout the U.S. to test the waters
with their new sound.
October 25th saw
them at Webster Hall, greeted by fans with cheers
and vigor that might have been comparable to a gig
in the height of the 90’s rave scene, albeit
now with tighter pants.
The DJ set is ions away from a traditional set-list.
But this factor seemed to fill Webster hall with
a sense of anticipation that was potent. Each new
beat contained accomplished buildup and sounded
increasingly better than the last. The improvisational
aspect allowed Jordan and Kirkland to feed off of
the crowd, making the entire set feel like a symbiotic
relationship between DJ and dancer.
This is good DJing.
The mix of ages was noteworthy, as well as the mix
of those who came on their own or with groups of
friends. Some were glow-stick-clad and didn’t
stop dancing for the entire three hours. Others
were more subdued and looked as though they came
for a taster, not a full-on rave experience. But
all the same to be wowed by the seasoned twosome,
whose 1997 hit ‘Busy Child’ is synonymous
with everything from car commercials to video games
to big-budget action sequences in blockbuster films.
Their inadvertent ability to sense what the crowd
wanted before the crowd themselves knew was a testament
to what makes a good electronic-music act.
The lighting was phenomenal, as it needs to be in
this musical genre. The two went hand in hand, creating
an experience of not one but two senses.
Kirkland and Jordan look like guys who spent a lot
of time in their mothers’ basements watching
Star Wars and playing Tetris. But their seemingly
geeky exterior didn’t fool the audience. The
boys from Vegas rocked and they rocked hard.