Typically, it'd be safe to assume that going out on a Thursday night will be a cool, calm, and collected endeavor. A Thursday night at Cielo with The Crystal Method however, is more than someone would expect to get out of the night before the weekend. Tucked away in New York City's Meat-packing District, a heavily trafficked nightlife hot spot, Cielo's dark exterior gives away nothing about the spectacular space that awaits its guests inside. Once the velvet ropes have parred and coat check has been cleared, a heavy black drape is pulled open to reveal a brilliantly lit room occupied by both the grown and sexy and young and wild alike.
Behind the length of the in-wall bar are two massive bars of red and orange light, illuminating an extensive stock of alcohol and matching the intermittent bursts of sunny yellow light emitted by the light fixtures built into the walls. Besides the walls themselves, the majority of light in the club is provided by the massive disco balls dangling from the ceiling and the rainbow colored strobe lights they reflect down into the sunken dance floor.
Liquid Todd provided the club audience with a well-rounded opening set that got people moving both on the dance floor and on the lush black couches that surrounded it. Teasing at the ferocity of Cielo's renowned Funktion One sound system, Liquid Todd had no qualms about digging deep into his dance music library and pulling out gems like Arty's Rock-N-Rolla mix of Ferry Corsten's 'Punk,' Destructo's 'Technology,' and Chris Lake's 'Sleepwalker,' which kept the energy high for The Crystal Method when they took control at 1 A.M.
Kicking things off with 'Over It' featuring Dia Frampton, the biggest single off of their new self-titled album, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, aka The Crystal Method, expressed their love for NYC and Cielo with an amazing, almost 2 hour set of high energy and massive tunes. From inside the booth, the duo were slinging back drinks just as hard as they 'Sling The Decks,' crushing the crowd with the weight of the state of the art sound system and huge tracks like 'Jupiter Shift' and 'Dosimeter' featuring Nick Thayer. Wearing the strap of his headphones over his eyes with his, Scott didn't need to see the crowd to know they were having the time of their lives jamming along to The Crystal Method classics like 'Busy Child,' 'Come Back Clean,' and 'I'm Not Leaving.'
Scott and Ken went back and forth behind the glass of the booth, occasionally putting their combined effort into creating big builds and administering devastating doses of effects mid mix, pausing only to sing along to Lana Del Rey's 'American' and The Hours 'Ali In The Jungle,' which closed out their set. The Crystal Method and Cielo were a match made in heaven, with their "the sky's the limit" attitude and the venue's "over the rainbow" lights and sounds blending together to create a night that flew high above the clouds.