They seem like unlikely techno heroes. Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland grew up in working-class Las Vegas and as teenagers put on their own dance parties wherever they could, including the local tavern.
Beer bashes were a long way from the designer drug-fueled world of all-night raving that entranced England and the U.S. West Coast by the turn of the decade. But in 1990, Jordan and Kirkland had moved to the rave epicenter of L.A. to chase what was then a long-shot dream: To become a techno band.
Under the name the Crystal Method, the duo is releasing its debut album "Vegas" this week. It's the most anticipated domestic techno album of the year--what some are billing as the American answer to the Chemical Brothers and all that other hard-rocking, hip-hopping U.K. electronic noise that is wooing the world. The group also represents the best chance of the long-overlooked West Coast "break beat" sound going over-ground (see review, Page 68).