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Tuesday, September 28
Showbox at the Market
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The Showbox floor started shaking and rumbling before Matt & Kim even played their first song last night -- the fans that turned out were legion and very, very excited. Once the duo did start playing, they didn't even have to sing the choruses to some of their songs, like "Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare" and "Cutdown" -- the audience took care of that for them. Matt, whose birthday is in January, proclaimed last night's show his birthday party and then he and Kim proceeded to have what seemed like the night of their lives. Kim broke two drumsticks on one song from rocking so hard; both jumped up and down off their seats, their amps, and their instruments, pumping their fists with their own beats; both acted very cutely couply, fist-bumping while Matt bragged about Kim's "fine-ass ass;" and and both never once broke their smiles. I haven't seen gleaming white teeth featured so prominently since the last time I watched the Ms. America pageant. The riotous audience bought into their energy, which the two encouraged.
After throwing colored latex balloons into the crowd, Matt commanded, "Let all the balloons go, along with your self-respect."
Matt & Kim's musical formula goes like this: Matt plinks along on his keyboard and sings lead while Kim flails at her drums and furiously mouths along with all the words. They wisely eschew any backing band, letting their unique set-up stand on its own. Matt's vocals are nasally, innocent, and gleeful, and most of their songs have the same relentless tempo. Last night's highlights included the thudding "Silver Tiles," the first song they ever wrote together, the hyper-ebullient "Yea Yeah," the funky "I'll Take Us Home," and covers of Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" (their playful version came off perfectly) and Kim taking vocals for Alice DeeJay's "Better Off Alone" (remember that song?)
They closed their set with their mega-hit "Daylight," which they dedicated to "anyone who had a tough day, a tough week, or a tough fucking year" before starting in on the song's jumpy, instantly recognizable opening keyboard line, at which point the crowd erupted, and that floor started shaking again. Matt & Kim's DIY-style songs are some of the most un-complex, unfettered things you'll hear these days, and that's probably its most winning quality -- it's refreshing how the music isn't derivative of anything else out there. That, and the fact that the pair's overflow of warm, exuberant energy proves that joy really is infectious.
The crowd: About 50% of UW's Greek Row was there, but 100% of the people there were party kids.
Random notebook dump: Matt declared Champagne Champagne, who opened their set, his favorite Seattle band of all time. "That's right, more than Nirvana!"