Matt & Kim
|Matt & Kim|
Kim Schifino and Matt Johnson at the 2010 Coachella Festival
|Genre (s)||Indie pop , dance punk , indie rock|
Drums , vocals
Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino met in 2004 while studying at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Before they started making music together, Matt had already played bass in a punk band. Kim made her first musical experiences with the clarinet during her school days . Until then, Matt Johnson could not play a keyboard . Kim Schifino was also unfamiliar with the drums . A few months after learning their respective instruments, friends persuaded them to give their first concert. As "Matthew and Kimberley" Johnson and Schifino completed their first live performance in October 2004.
After an insignificant name change, they took every opportunity to play live in Brooklyn the following year. The energetic performance got the band a lot of attention. On the side Matt and Kim released the EP To / From and began touring extensively through the USA . On the way to the concerts they had booked themselves, they burned their own CDs in the back of their bus and "apparently played every art gallery and cellar in the country".
In 2006 Matt & Kim released their debut album of the same name , which was received enthusiastically by both critics and fans, and continued to perform at renowned music festivals such as The Siren Music Festival, Lollapalooza and South by Southwest . Parallel to the tour activities in Australia , Japan , Europe and later New Zealand , the artists worked on their second album Grand , which was released in early 2009 on the Fader label. This successor work was largely taken up in Johnson's childhood home in Vermont.
On November 2, 2010, Sidewalks was released , their third studio album which includes ten songs. The first single Cameras was released on August 31st.
Stylistic features of the band are catchy danceable pop melodies combined with a drum-heavy percussive sound and simple synthesizer beats. Musically, Matt and Kim move, according to some critics, between indietronic and dancepop and, due to the instrumental combination of drums and keyboard, show certain parallels to the indie rock duo Mates of State . Atmospheric live performances that “look more like dancing and partying than a traditional concert” have become a trademark of the band. In addition, the Brooklyn duo caused a stir with their unconventional, imaginative and sometimes provocative video clips .
In a review for the English-language music magazine "Paste", the duo's music was described as "infallibly hand-made indie dance melodies".
- Matt & Kim (2006), Iheartcomix Records
- Grand (2009), Fader Label
- Sidewalks (2010), Fader Label
- Lightning (2012), Fader Label
- New Glow (2015)
- To / From (2005)
- Yea Yeah (2006, Iheartcomix)
- Daylight (2009, fader)
- Lessons Learned (2009, Fader; UK only )
- Good Ol 'Fashion Nightmare (2009, Fader)
- Cameras (2010, faders)
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