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The adorable twosome of Matt & Kim are going to be playing the Showbox at the Market tonight (8pm, all ages, $20); last week I talked to Matt Johnson and got his take on history's other romantic paramours who also make music together, like Johnny & June, Ike & Tina, John & Yoko, and both our personal favorites, Jay-Z & Beyonce. Here's what he had to say about he and Kim's working relationship:
I think it's incredible how much time Kim & I spend together, which is every waking second of every day, and that we don't kill each other. We never get frustrated. If I think of other relationships I've had in the past, it would have been a disaster years ago, but there's some sort of magic involved.
We knew, even before we played music together, that we worked well on things together. We worked on other things. You know, she did my homework. We did art installations, we did silkscreening projects, like rock posters and things like that, and we just knew we worked well together. And that's sort of what the band stemmed out of. It's almost more important that you find someone you could spend every second with, and then they learn how to play an instrument, rather than finding someone who's really good at an instrument that you can't get along with.
Matt & Kim's third record, Sidewalks, hits stores November 2. According to Johnson, the new album represents a technical step forward for the duo:
Our first album was recorded in my bedroom, Grand was recorded in my bedroom, and [Sidewalks] we recorded with a producer in a studio. It gave us a little more time to be musicians and less time trying to figure out how the hell to record an album. We got to focus more. We love Grand and we're really proud of it, but it was a lot of work.
But in the end we came at it the same way; we just wanted to make music that was something we wanted to listen to. It might sound a little higher production, because we had a little more help. It's a little more listenable.
Lyrically, it's in the same vein. We write about what we're involved with in our life. We don't write love songs, we write about our friends and things we've done. A lot of this album was about making sure your life was happening right now, you're not waiting for your next move or whatever. We got so involved with so many band things that we just kept being like, 'well, we'll take a month off a couple months from now and then we'll do Kim & Matt personal time.' But all of this is our life, it's happening right now, and we have to fit it all in, make it all together, and make it all count.