The Crystal Method @ the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Stateside, raves seem harder and harder to come by these days. Still, the rain-slicked aluminum bleachers of Summerfest seemed an oddly perilous dance venue for the return performance of the low-profile big beat pioneers, The Crystal Method.
Taking the helm from DJ Dieselboy in mid-beat, Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan arrived with a blasé casualness that seemed to pervade the whole evening, underscoring the intensely omnipresent volume.
Kirkland, as the Pesci to Jordanâ€™s De Niro, played the groupâ€™s flamboyantly mischievous half, tagging out of duty frequently to stalk the stage and giving himself devil horns while the more stoic Jordan manned the decks.
a DJ booking, the pair stuck mainly to their remix guns.
â€śWe have to
be louder than John Mayer!â€ť an admittedly intoxicated
The night was much in the vein of the duoâ€™s Community Service remix series, albeit not quite as clean sounding, or re-inventive. Tracks like Rage Against the Machineâ€™s â€śSleep Now in the Fireâ€ť appeared with hardly a hint of alteration, while the pair slyly interjected only slivers of their own hits like â€śKeep Hope Alive,â€ť and â€śBorn Too Slow.â€ť
with acts like Mayer and The Alkaline Trio,