The term “experimental dance punk” conjures up a number of images, but none are so charming as that of the reality which is Matt and Kim. Two art graduates, the pair met in 2004 at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. This musical venture may never have happened but for Kim's urge to learn drums, and with Matt wanting to learn keyboard the pair decided to go through this arduous process together. They started to get good, very good in fact, and after a few months they were pushed into playing their first show by a friend. Although they were apprehensive at first, they clearly caught the performance bug and spent 2005 playing everywhere they could, mainly warehouse shows and art venues.By 2006 they had released their self titled debut album on record label “IHEARTCOMIX” and were gearing up to play tour dates and festivals like Lollapalooza and Siren Music Festival. With constant exposure through permanently touring during 2007 and 2008, the band built up a massive following and publicity, eventually having the video for single ‘Yea Yeah’ shown on MTV2 who also invited them to present various shows. On returning to Brooklyn, discussions of where to record their next album arose; money was tight and the duo didn’t want to compromise creatively by having to minimise time in a studio, so the decision to record at Matt’s parents’ house in Vermont came quite easily to them. Here they felt they could try as many different things with their sound as they wanted to without worrying about time and money, ultimately spending nine months recording. Matt went back to their apartment in Brooklyn and spent a very stressful time producing and mixing it. Although clearly taking its toll on Matt, the experience was obviously worthwhile as the pair say they are entirely happy with the album that came out of it, ‘Grand’, released January 2009. The success just kept growing for this Brooklyn duo when in the same month their single ‘Daylight’ featured in the Bacardi Mojito advert. But for the day to day lives of Matt and Kim, they still live in their tiny apartment in Brooklyn where it all started. They still write all their lyrics together. They still pretty much live off rice and beans. All this looks set to change, very soon.
Matt Johnson, Kim Schifino