The Crystal Method needs no introduction. With a platinum-selling album (1997's Vegas) and a couple of Grammy nods under its belt, the duo of Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan remains preeminent party monsters. In the nearly two decades since it formed amid the Las Vegas rave scene of the early '90s, the Crystal Method has scored films, video games and commercials and played in packed venues full of gurning tweakers and ecclesiastical electronic congregants. On New Year's Eve, the pair will be doing a one-off DJ set at Europe Night Club, so get your glad rags on, and get ready to shove 2010 off in style. Kirkland gave B-Sides a sneak peek of what we can expect at its set.
B-Sides: What are you up to in the studio?
Scott Kirkland: We're working on a thing for Green Lantern, trying to do some adjustments to a track that hopefully will make its way into the movie. Someone from there just called over and said they were trying to work a song in, and they needed some slight adjustments. The guy was really cool; he's a big fan. Ken's getting a little R-and-R right now down in Costa Rica. Other than that, we're just looking forward to the big event on New Year's.
Of all the places you could possibly play on New Year's Eve, why St. Louis?
In a perfect world, we just want to play a place where there's going to be a good crowd, and where we've had good success in the past. That's pretty much what we have here. We've got a great city that we've played probably the last fifteen years or so. We've got a good following there and a good promoter, and with our tour manager-slash-studio guy Josh is from St. Louis, so everything sort of lined up.
What can people expect to hear on New Year's Eve for those who may not be familiar with your DJ prowess?
When we DJ, we like to not stick to any one style; we like to keep the crowd guessing a little bit. And also just project, you know, fuckin' fun. [Laughs] I don't know how else to explain it. Our music is breaks and electro sounds and lots of rock influences. We've done a couple bootlegs recently that are going over really well — it sort of bridged the gap between our past and [the past of] the teenagers growing up in the rock world in the '80s. There's an AC/DC "Dirty Deeds" bootleg we've been dropping and another mashup of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with a couple things. New Year's Eve is very difficult to ever truly live up to everyone's expectations. There's a lot of buildup throughout the year. There's so much stress to have to go out and have a good time, you put so much strain on that, that you don't end up having a good time. We want to ease people away from those burdens of stress, whatever the hell is going on in their personal or professional lives, and just bring everybody together and go for it. Just let loose and ring in the New Year properly.