Real Couple: Matt & Kim: Movin' and Groovin' - THE COUPLE BEHIND THE EPONYMOUS INDIE BAND TALK APARTMENT HUNTING, MUSIC They started dating. Just 'cause, you know, they really ought to consider getting a bigger bed. But it's Matt and Kim's under the radar appeal that has afforded them such One of the major changes fans of the band can hear on the new. Indie-pop duo Matt and Kim have always been inexhaustible beacons of positivity -- but there's a dark twist to their new album, ALMOST.
A Q & A with Matt and Kim’s Matt Johnson :
Matt knows what it is. I know that sounds simple, but when we have a good time, the crowd feeds off that and then we feed off the crowd. I have to spray the sleeping area every morning because it just smells awful. What's a normal night in like for you?
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We live in less than square feet now, and the new place is around 2, or 3, We're at the point where we're thinking about what's going to go where, and every day I'm going to the store to buy another home magazine…. I'd definitely like to get rid of all our [low-end] furniture. I think that's another grown-up step. Is there anything you've seen that you can't wait to get? There are a lot of great stores around [Williamsburg]. But I also know that in Vermont, the used furniture market is a lot less expensive.
We want to take a road trip with a box truck and see what we can find. We want a giant kitchen table, one of those really big tables with a thick wooden top. Yeah, my brother and I did our homework at our kitchen table every day. We didn't go to our rooms. So the table's one thing. And we need a bed frame. We definitely need a really good couch.
I want either two couches or a sectional because we're always competing and trying to fit when we lie down. And I always get the bad end of the deal. He just takes up the most amount of space. It's a very "old country" feel. The first time I went to Matt's parents' house, I loved it. It's a Vermont-style house that just has this nice homey feel with, like, clapboards on the bottom and… What do you call that?
You're not going to be able to explain this! I don't know, we like things that feel…like [exposed] beams and chipped paint… We like the old personality of places rather than super-new, super-clean. It has to have a feeling of history or whatnot…. We're going to coin that. I don't think we can coin that because I think it exists. Do you like to decorate with personal stuff or buy made art for the walls?
We're definitely buying a lot more art now. In art school, we'd trade pieces, so we started building our collection that way. Now we're buying stuff.
I'm really into buying stuff at galleries. He doesn't like to go to museums because he can't buy the stuff. Like, they show it to you but you can't buy it? What are you most looking forward to about the new place?
Well, it's just so gross in the building we live in now. Tell her what I saw in the hallway M: Kim looked through the peephole one time and thought she saw someone pissing in the hallway. But no, it wasn't that. It was two people having sex right outside of our [apartment] door.
We were just about to leave and head out on tour and There's this drug dealer who goes up to our roof. And I like to play detective and write down every time I see him going up to the roof. I don't know what I'm going to do with this information, but I like to keep it just in case….
And so all of a sudden, I heard someone in the stairwell and I was like, "He's there again! And I was like, "Ohhhhh, they're having sex in the hallway!
As many things as you can catch from sex—especially from someone you might have sex with in a hallway—you can catch way worse things just from that hallway. I just saw his ass. It's a sight I cannot get out of my mind. A sight you can't unsee. That is pretty gross…. You must be looking forward to having friends and family over to your nice, new place. Our families are very excited about this. Right now, we can't have anyone over because you can't move in the [small space].
So…parties at our new house! We go out every night on the road, so when we come home that's not what we want to do. The idea of being able to have people over and just hang out is really nice. Do you get to see your families a lot since they're up in New England?
We're super-close to our families. If we play in Boston, there are 20 of my family members on the guest list. They come out in full force. And Matt's family too. He has a smaller family than me—not the big Italian family I have—but his parents always come out to our shows.
And his brother lives here [in New York], so we hang out with him. Do your parents dig your music? They're all so supportive. My dad really loves our music.
So what do you guys do when you are at home? What's a normal night in like for you? There are a lot of television series that we're addicted to. It's nice to take a second to lie on the couch and not worry about things. We've been watching Friday Night Lights. I'm on the edge of my seat after the last episode. I feel when you are injured you immediately feel old. I had crutches for a while and then a cane.
I was constantly protecting my leg. This all made me feel like life was fleeting and I would reminisce on the days I could do everything I wanted. Some songs from the album also seem to reflect on your success as musicians.
Has being an established group affected your songwriting approach? We write about our lives, so if we have good moments or bad moments it creeps its way in there.
We have been very lucky that we have gotten to do this for so long! Neither had extensive experience with their instruments prior to this. Despite their inexperience, they were urged to play live shows by fellow Pratt alumni from the band Japanther. Adam Moerder of Pitchfork referred to the duo as the "quintessential 'party' band" in a review of their self-titled debut album.
The video for "Yea Yeah," which depicts the pair being hit with food from their refrigerator, has been considered one of the initial catalysts for their rise in popularity. Breakthrough with Grand[ edit ] Matt and Kim performing at Coachella in Matt and Kim were signed to the Fader Label in late , and Grand was released on January 20, The duo went on a 3-week North American tour in November to promote the album.
The duo also performed the song on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!