Crystal Method to pump Seoul for the weekend

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Crystal Method to pump Seoul for the weekend

For nearly a decade, Crystal Method, the American dance-based electronic duo, have kept Korean clubbers frustrated, waiting and hoping to someday see the two live. They wait no longer. The top electronic music act in the United States will perform live in Seoul this weekend.
Tomorrow night at Club Garden in southern Seoul, fans of Crystal Method will get to bathe in the familiar singles from the duo’s 1997 debut album “Vegas”as well as award-winning remixes. Local DJs, including DJ Beejay, Conan, Crazie, Ultradog and Kidb, will perform alongside the act throughout the night.
Popularly dubbed as America’s answer to the Chemical Brothers, the team of Las Vegas natives Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland started their first studio in 1993 in a two-car garage in a small house. Like the Chemical Brothers, their arsenals in the joint-effort production looked more like a formidable NASA control center, complete with blinking monitors and control boards and silently turning hard drives.
The Crystal Method’s wide-ranging sound ―incorporating the styles of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder and New Order ―has a solid base in American hip-hop, rock, soul and pop and was heavily influenced by L.A.’s underground club culture, a part of the rave scene in the early ’90s.
Their sound also retains a heavy rock feel, which is connected to their time spent in their early days with John Garcia of California rockers Kyuss as well as Limp Bizkit’s guitarist, Wes Borland, to lay down forceful riffs into the sound. But simple is not what describes the makeup of Crystal Method.
The duo has outlived the era of rave and techno; their explosively popular hit single, “Keep Hope Alive” in 1994 showed their wish to continue in the waning scene.
Following “Vegas,” a party record of musical cocktails, acid, funk, rock and big beat hip-hop, and after licensing their hits through video games and films, Crystal Method released “Tweekend” in 2001, a collaboration with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Stone Temple Pilot’s Scott Weiland. The duo’s latest hit, “Legion of Boom” in 2004, sold more than 1.5 million copies and won three trophies in the American Dance Music Awards.


by Ines Cho

The performance runs from 10 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. A ticket costs 25,000 won ($25) before the door opens at 10 p.m., and costs 30,000 won afterwards. Club Garden is located behind the The Home Store south of the Galleria Department store in Apgujeong-dong, southern Seoul. For more information, visit the Web site www.clubgarden.co.kr, www.subline.co.kr or call Marshall Baek at 011-9389-0821.

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