Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello apparently can trip like the Crystal Method do, and are among the handful of guests on the breakbeat duo's upcoming album.
Tweekend, due this summer, will also feature appearances from Beck turntablist DJ Swamp and Fiona Apple and Aimee Mann producer Jon Brion.
The Crystal Method Las Vegas-bred producers Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have been working in their Glendale, California, studio (known as the Bomb Shelter) for a year-and-a-half on the follow-up to their 1997 debut, Vegas, which included the hit single "Busy Child" (RealAudio excerpt).
"It's a little less electronic or techno, but it still sounds like us," Jordan said of Tweekend. The sophomore-slump factor, he explained, is just beginning to enter their picture. "We didn't feel any pressure when we started recording, but we're starting to become more aware of it, 'cause everyone is asking us about it. But I'm not worried. This album is a lot better."
"Murder," which features Weiland on vocals, and the tentatively titled "Name of the Game," which features Swamp on the wheels of steel, are the potential singles, Jordan said. Swamp also adds his scratching skills on at least one other track.
Morello co-produced four tracks for Tweekend, three of which also feature him playing guitar. A song titled "Do It" finds Morello on guitar and talk-box vocals, while he co-produced but does not play on "P.H.D."
"You can really tell it's him playing guitar on two of the songs," Jordan said. "We called him after we heard that he was a fan, but we thought it was a hoax because he didn't call us back. Then we found out we were calling the wrong number."
Brion, who wrote and performed on "Bad Stone" (RealAudio excerpt) from Vegas, sings and plays keyboards on a track called "Over the Line." "That guy's the best all-around musician I've ever met," Jordan said of Brion.
The Crystal Method plans to support the new album with a headlining tour that would kick off in June. Like the duo's tour two years ago with Orbital and the Lo-Fidelity Allstars as opening acts, it may also be called the Community Service Tour. Until then, fans can hear music from Tweekend on a free digital postcard at the www.thecrystalmethod.com. (The postcard is also available at www.sonicnet.com/dance.)
The duo, whose multifaceted live show has garnered them comparisons to the Chemical Brothers, has been blurring the boundaries between rock and dance music in recent years. They recorded a ferocious version of Vegas' "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" with Filter for the Spawn soundtrack, then toured with Limp Bizkit, Korn and Staind on the 1999 Family Values Tour.
Last year, Kirkland recorded two tracks, "Narcotic" and "Spun," with Tommy Lee for his self-titled debut, Methods of Mayhem.