Written By | Xerxes Tzolis
The Crystal Method has been making non-stops hit since their debut way back in 1993. That is over 25+ years’ worth of music from this band hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada. Ken Jordan (although he retired from playing music in 2017) and Scott Kirkland are considered to be part of the big beat movement during the 90’s with the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, and The Prodigy. Their debut LP, Vegas, is considered an essential big beat/trip hop album that was released during this period in the 90’s. Now fresh off the release of their sixth (6th) LP, The Trip Home, The Crystal Method has added a thirty (30) date North American tour that just so happens to start in my town, Atlanta, Georgia (February 15th) at the Variety Playhouse.
Opening for The Crystal Method at the Variety Playhouse was Chris Grass and Cozm & Naught. Chris Grass is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee but now calls Atlanta his home. You really do not know what to expect with opening acts, but I really enjoyed what Chris was throwing down and so did the crowd. His one man show really got the crowd amped by playing 30 minutes of non-stop dance music.
Cozm & Naught (pronounced like Cosmonaut) is a two piece also from Atlanta that specializes in instrumental bass mixed with some very, trippy and psychedelic grooves. The band consists of Jesse Cegielski (lead guitar/live sequencing) and Dariush Mirsajedin (drums). This trippy electronic combo was another superb addition to the opening support. For their final two songs of the night, they went through “Southbound Pachyderm” by Primus and “Funkin’ Around” by the hometown heroes Outkast. What a way to win over the crowd before giving the stage to The Crystal Method.
The Crystal Method began the final set to a roaring crowd of very eager fans (young and old) who had waited for this moment to let loose. This was definitely a sort of homecoming for Scott as he played classic after classic from the extensive discography of The Crystal Method. As he continued to play, the dance floor stayed full of fans enjoying the moment and sweating the cares of the week away. Scott played crowd pleaser one after another like “Trip Like I Do”, “Busy Child”, & “Name of the Game”.
If The Crystal Method is stopping by your town while on The Trip Home Tour, I am urging you to buy that ticket and enjoy yourself. And also check out the latest release from The Crystal Method, The Trip Home available on multiple media formats.