It took nearly five years for the seminal electronic group The Crystal Method to put out the duo's fourth studio album, Divided by Night, a record that is more moody and dramatic than the band's previous efforts.

It took nearly five years for the seminal electronic group The Crystal Method to put out the duo's fourth studio album, Divided by Night, a record that is more moody and dramatic than the band's previous efforts.

But if the past half-decade has shown anything, it's that TCM is still at the forefront of the band's genre, and this time they've brought along more than a fair share of guest artists for company. Not least among them are Hasidic reggae musician Matisyahu, Metric front-woman Emily Haines and one-time Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle.

"We try to find whatever is best for the song," TCM band member Scott Kirkland told The Beat. "We reach out to people we are fans of."

That included stumbling across rising indie star Meiko at a Christmas party two years ago.

"We heard this really great set from Meiko doing one of those acoustic things," Kirkland said. "She came in (to our studio) and from the first word that came out of her mouth, we knew it would be great.

"Everybody was really great and easy to work with," Kirkland continued, noting the band -- including partner Ken Jordan -- could have easily composed an instrumental track using vocal samples.

"We just like the idea of bringing in somebody like Meiko because you know it's going to be something different than what we've done before," Kirkland said. "We are really proud of the record ... and not repeating ourselves. It's a challenge."

The Crystal Method's stop in Columbus this weekend will be the second leg of the band's stateside tour in support of Divided by Night. In addition, it's part of the duo's first major tour since its last album Legion of Boom dropped in 2004.

"On the first leg of the tour we hit a bunch of cities and we thought we were having so much fun that we would come back and hit some more cities," Kirkland said. "We were really having a good time on the road."

So much fun that they added eight more live shows and a few DJ gigs before hopping the pond for Europe.

Kirkland said the live shows have been something of a boon, allowing him to see fans head on.

"There's a little bit of a slight disconnect when you're DJ-ing," Kirkland said. "You're in a corner somewhere and it's kind of dark. The live thing just gives us the opportunity to get out and reconnect with fans."

Though Kirkland and Jordan have continued DJ-ing and working through the years (scoring a movie sound track and intros to two television series) it took some time to get back into performing shape.

"You just got to get back out there and work through all the rust and get used to all the things you have to do on stage," Kirkland said. "Once we got through the first couple days - about the first week of the tour - was when we started to hit our stride."

Though the band's tour is to stump for Divided by Night, fans may be surprised to hear only a slim number of tracks will be featured in the more than hour-and-a-half set. This number is perhaps three or four songs from the new record with the rest coming from the duo's older albums such as the platinum selling Vegas.

"We know that a lot of people are getting acquainted with the album and we try to get give them the big hits," Kirkland said. "More importantly it is a really great set that flows well...We've gone in and reworked some of the classics like Keep Hope Alive."

Kirkland said the upcoming show at the Bar of Modern Art will be slightly pared down, as were all the stops that were added. Nonetheless, the expected staple of dance music will still be there.

"I think on this tour what we've been able to do with the reworking of the classics and the new stuff is really put together an hour and forty minutes of great music," Kirkland said.