The Crystal Method
January 11, 2019 @ 9:00 pm$28
Family Night Seattle, HeadyWorks & 2nd Bass Productions
(Limited amount of 500 tickets available )
The Crystal Method
The Trip Home (New Album)
For more than two decades, The Crystal Method has remained at the forefront of the worldwide dance music industry as pioneers of the big beat genre, innovators of the ‘90s electronica movement and current-day global ambassadors of the American electronic sound. Originally formed as a duo, alongside now-retired founding member Ken Jordan, The Crystal Method today lives and breathes as a solo act, with co-founder and originator Scott Kirkland at the helm. And with the artistic reboot comes the next chapter in The Crystal Method timeline:
The Trip Home, out September 14 on the band’s own Tiny E Records. As the sixth full-length The Crystal Method album and Kirkland’s first as a new found solo act, The Trip Home serves as the creative rebirth of the brand. An artistic manifesto and love letter to the electronic world, The Trip Home welcomes Kirkland at the driver’s seat with full control of the reins. The Trip Home is co-produced with veteran producer/remixer/composer Glen Nicholls,who has worked with legendary artists like The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, Sia and UNKLE, among many others, in addition to scoring several of his own feature films. For the new album, Kirkland dove deep into the decades-spanning discography of The Crystal Method. The result is a sound that revisits the roots of the classic Crystal Method aesthetic, while pushing its possibilities into the future. Equal parts throwback and dynamic futurism, The Trip Home expands Kirkland’s unrestrained curiosity into new realms and new sounds. To perfect this fine balance, Kirkland took a back-to-basics approach, which saw him firing up his arsenal of analog synths and reconnecting with his collection of vintage gear. The lead single “Holy Arp” captures this calculated formula perfectly: A brooding intro of darkly tinged bleeps and bloops slowly builds the song’s tension before it pours into a bed of chunky synths, distorted reverb and alien sounds. Its minimal, vocal-less melody allows space for the synths to expand and reach a high peak before disintegrating into the ether. It was “Holy Arp” that gave Kirkland the first flashes of the cohesive sound that would shape The Trip Home “As soon as I got that track going, I knew I had found the direction for the new album,”
Kirkland says. “It reverberates with the sound of Crystal Method classics like ‘Name of the Game’ and has some of the gnarliness of ‘Vapor Trail.’ It’s an angry, ballsy, bombastic trip down the inner workings of the vintage ARP 2600 synth.” Elsewhere, the emotional ballad “Ghost in the City”—co-produced with electronic artist/producer Le Castle Vania—is a narrative-driven electronic dream that floats through dark clouds and shredding guitars, while singer-songwriter Amy Kirkpatrick delivers an angelic and touching vocal performance. “The Raze,” also produced alongside Le Castle Vania, is a mind trip through thick and heavy synths that unfurls with cinematic, dark drama. “It was great to have the opportunity to collaborate with Dylan (Le Castle Vania) again on two tracks from the new album,” Kirkland says.
“There’s a Difference,” a reimagining of the track “Difference” off The Crystal Method’s 2014 self-titled album, is a full-on alt rock hybrid that mixes melodic electronics, pulsing bass via Tony Buchen (The Griswolds, Boyzone), punching live drums from Grammy winner Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, The Wallflowers, Fiona Apple) and riveting vocals from singer Franky Perez (Apocalyptica, Slash). “Distance” is both cinematic and theatrical as it reaches toward progressive crossover territory in its delivery of chainsaw guitars, electronic atmospherics and operatic vocals care of Delila Paz and Gavin McDevitt of Teflon Sega. Collectively, The Trip Home pieces together the fundamentals of The Crystal Method’s storied past while adding new, unexplored elements for a cohesive, unique sonic experience that’s as diverse in sound and style as it is anthemic and driving. “I wanted to create a concept album of sorts,” Kirkland says, “a project that speaks to what’s going on in my life right now and a vision that also brings The Crystal Method sound forward and shapes it in a new way. I’ve been enjoying the idea of making an album like our debut album Vegas, where every song is different. Every song ha a different BPM, every song has different emotions, every song has different elements.” The Trip Home also serves a Kirkland’s message and reaction to the grandiose excess of today’s EDM scene. Where the genre constantly offers tired and recycled noise, Kirkland answers with an album built on organic sounds, a wide emotional range and, ultimately, real music. Forged from analog synths, recorded through vintage Moog and Electro-Harmonix pedals and mixed through Sound City’s Never console—not the same one used on Nevermind; Dave Grohl has that one—The Trip Home is a warm embrace of organic electronic music. The natural noise of analog gear is part of the sound. “I’m always looking for just the right amount of wrong,” Kirkland says.“I’m really proud of all the collaborations and incredibly talented artists who contributed to The Trip Home.
Are you as excited as we are for this legend!?
With such a world legend coming to town, we had to recruit Seattle’s Finest Local Legends to help hold down that vibe.
2 Rooms of Music Featuring Special Guest:
Sean Majors –
Part of LOST DJ crew. Studio 4/4 resident. Monkey Loft resident. Owner of Bar Justice and By The Pound Delicatessen. Co-owner of Upper Left Events. Lover of heavy conversation.
Michael Manahan –
Seattle/SF breakbeat junkie. Founder of Fraktured, weekly broken beat night at Kremwerk, and multi city wide movement, Slut Garden BM Camp Lead, Extra amazing, loving, protective, positive human…
Recess is the founder of Shameless Productions and has a long illustrious tenure in the underground music scene of Seattle. Recess’ dance floor oriented DJ sets often reflect Shameless’ aesthetic by focusing on forward thinking music while cherishing the gems of the past. About 5+ years ago he began a yoga practice which has continued on today. His eclectic interest in music and desire to bring yoga to the dance music community led to DJing the first Yo Yo Yoga event at the Electric Tea Garden with many more to follow.
Following his tour of duty in Vietnam in the late 60’s, Streets, disillusioned and alone, his Technicolor American dream shattered, drifted from city to city, making and breaking friendships in days over the most trivial matters such as, “Who the f$#@ got into my Choco Crunch!?” Eventually he made for the NYC where he found himself at home among the gay, black and Latino communities. It was here that he first encountered what was later to be popularly defined as ‘disco.’
“I’ll never forget it,” he once said. “Had I not accepted my friend’s invitation to check out this joint called the ‘Paradise Garage,’ my life wouldn’t have been the same, man. That first night I felt like I was rising to a higher state of consciousness. We were all one.” Mr. Streets has kept on rising ever since.
Performing Arts –
Alecia Joy – Bellingham, Wa
Tae Shantii -Seatlle, Wa
HeadyHQ – Portland, Oregon
Heady HQ brings an eclectic mix of high end head ware and fashion accessories to a party near you.
Live Painters –
VERONICA LYNN HARPER -Seattle, Wa
THE ART OF CREATING FLUID BEAUTY
Movement is an art form. The relationship of the artist & the paint is a slow dance between freedom & technicality. Somewhere in the balance is an elegance where unconscious shapes create an alluring composition. Colors inspired by nature are a reminder to preserve the beauty of the world we all gratefully share.
Veronica Lynn Harper is a multifaceted visionary with eleven professional years in the video gaming industry as an avatar system builder, clothing designer, 3d modeler, texture artist, and art director at past companies EA Games & Sony Computer Entertainment America. During her time in the game industry Veronica also produced various outreach platforms for artists at Disney, Nickelodeon, Blizzard Entertainment, Blur Studios, SOE, and Rockstar Games to display personal art at galleries in Southern California. In recent years her production focus is custom art for home, office, & business spaces. She develops from a home studio in the lush forests of Seattle, Washington USA.
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NorthStar, Pilz Beats and Zara B
2 rooms of Music
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