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Are family portraits ever not awkward? I mean, with the matchy-matchy outfits, faux smiles and random backgrounds that always look outdated, it's all just very odd. That's not to say that family portraits don't make for great music videos though. Just take a look at Matt & Kim's video for "Let's Go," the first single from the duo's fourth album, Lightning. We caught up with drummer Kim Schifino, who gave us the lowdown on video before the band plays The Neptune on Tuesday.
The Video: Shot in one day in Brooklyn and premiered on Funny Or Die early this month, singer and keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino pose with several families, including two, yes two, pregnant women, as they portray various characters looking for the next family photo to hang above their mantel.
According to Schifino, the wacky concept came from Dugan O'Neal, the video's director and the mustachioed portrait studio photographer. The many characters Johnson and Schifino play, from a cat sweater-wearing couple to a pair of competitive skiers, were also O'Neal's creation.
The Sex: "I will say the goth/rocker outfit was awesome," Schifino says in an email. "There was one outfit that they put Matt in that when I looked over at him, I said 'I am definitely not fucking you tonight!' We are really good at making ourselves look unattractive in our videos."
Johnson and Schifino also found themselves dressed as a preppy couple in striped polo shirts holding, of all things, a fluffy rabbit.
"I went to look [in the rabbit's carrying case] and I honestly couldn't tell if I was looking at its face or asshole!" Schifino says.
The Tour From Hell: Matt & Kim are in the midst of a tour that Schifino calls cursed. So far, the duo has dealt with a venue's ceiling collapsing hours before their show and losing power during the middle of another gig because of a lightning strike.
"We were right in the middle of playing 'Daylight' and the crowd sang the rest of the song in complete darkness," Schifino recalls.
They've also hit a deer and dealt with three bus breakdowns, illness and three broken keyboards, all during the same show.
Curse or no curse, Schifino is pumped for the rest of the tour.
"The crowd is coming out in full force and it makes us so excited that people already know the words to the new songs and are shouting along with us... I will say with all this going down, nothing is going to stop us cause the shows have been so fucking awesome!"