The Crystal Method
Agent Zero, Jeff Omega, Dave Kiss Presents
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Crystal Method
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 founding Ken Jordan (who retired from the music business in 2016) , The Crystal Method today lives and breathes as a solo act with co-founder Scott Kirkland at the helm. And with the artistic reboot comes the next chapter in The Crystal Method timeline: The Trip Home, out September 28 on the band’s own Tiny E Records imprint.
As the sixth full-length The Crystal Method album and Kirkland’s first as a newfound 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.
For the new album, which he co-produced with Glen Nicholls, 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 sound. 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,” says Kirkland. “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. “
“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, punching live drums and riveting vocals from singer Franky Perez.
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,” says Kirkland, “a project that speaks to what’s going on in my life right now and a vision that also brings TheCrystal 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 has a different BPM, every song has different emotions, every song has different elements.
”The Trip Home also serves as 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 wideemotional range and, ultimately, real music.
Forged from analog synths, recorded through vintage Moog and ElectroHarmonix pedals and mixed through Sound City’s Neve 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. I’m really proud of all the collaborations and incredibly talented artists that contributed to TTH. I wanted to make a timeless album that sounded great and that conveyed a emotional narrative and strong appreciation to the album format,’ Kirkland says.
The Trip Home will be released as The Crystal Method celebrates two massive milestones in 2018: 25 years on the music scene and the 21st anniversary of Vegas, the band’s debut studio album. Itis the latest installment in The Crystal Method’s lauded discography, which includes the platinum selling “Vegas”Tweekend (2001); Legion of Boom (2004) and Divided by Night (2009), both of which received Grammy nominations in the Best Electronic/Dance Album category; and The Crystal Method (2014). .
Most recently, Kirkland wrote his first-ever documentary score for the 2017 film Hired Gun: and wrote the theme song for 3 Below, the upcoming TV series from Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro, which debuts on Netflix this fall.
“The Trip Home refers to my long journey: all these places where I’ve been able to go, the experiences that come with it, the distances I’ve traveled. It’s the journey back to all the things that got me here—the touring, the music, the fans—and keep me here. But there’s always home. At the end of it, I go home to my family, I go home my studio, and then I go back out. It’s a circle. I tried to capture all this in an album.”
Noah Selwyn, aka Agent Zero is the psychedelic electronic phenomenon
from Philadelphia. Studying Sound Recording & Music
Tech under the renowned producer Starkey, since spring 2011, Agent Zero has built a name & following for his tasteful,
forward-thinking, psychedelic dance music. Every listener will be hit hard with audio waves of
love and inspiration, opening portals to feed your mind, body and soul.
"Potentially a new generations Pretty Lights or Quantic" - John Vettese, WXPNFM Philadelphia.
"Agent Zero’s sound is an outstanding example of the marriage between modern technology and musical ingenuity. The Philadelphia-bred livetronica ensemble (spearheaded by producer Noah Selwyn) reaches soul-cleansing heights through genuine melodies entwined with gripping bass lines and a generous dash of emotion." - The Wook of Wall St.
Jeff Omega has earned a reputation as one of Philadelphia’s favorite music makers and performers. He stays busy djing and contributing to the always evolving Philly music scene as the Bangarang Dj/sound lead as well as participating with other local production teams. He has been honored to provide dj support for many of his favorite artists such as: Justin Martin, Claude Vonstroke, Green Velvet, Billy Kenny, Autograf, Christian Martin, Wolfgang Gartner, Lee Foss, J. Phlip, Will Clarke, Shiba San, Worthy, Aphrodite and Claptone. His original tracks have been released on multiple labels including Selekta Recordings, Emby music & Best Mood records. Jeff is known for his ability to consistently throw down exciting mixes, time after time, while tailoring each set for the specific crowd & venue. When booking him you should expect clean mixing and excellent track selection to get the floor packed and dancing. His musical tastes cover various categories including: deep bass & tech house, UKG, jackin’ funk music, wonky basslines, drum & bass, Hip-hop throwbacks, RnB, sexy chill out and future sounds. Jeff says he loves playing house music but it depends on whose house he’s in. Simply put, “I love all types of music because music is what emotions sound like”.
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