Matt and Kim 06/20/11
In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
Words/Photos by Meredith
My oh my, I had no idea what a ride I was in for when I herded into In the Venue for Matt and Kim with The Thermals. I’d decided to check this show out after a good friend of mine told me that her boyfriend wouldn’t go with her again. I thought, they couldn’t be that bad, could they?
Well, much to my delight, Matt and Kim brought it. For a duo, they have this monstrous presence. You’d swear that there were five or six members on stage, but the couple outshines larger acts. With the opening band, The Thermals, setting up the crowd with their powerful and skilled rock sounds, the venue was bursting at the seams for Matt and Kim to take the stage. It was a Monday night here in Salt Lake. Someone told me that “Salt Lake City doesn’t have a strong or popular enough market for concerts”. Nuts to that; just ask Matt and Kim. I’m going to guess and say that the crowd that was gathered for this show put some of the bigger names to shame. I’d venture to say that they may have beat out Taking Back Sunday’s crowd from last week.
First off, Kim is a monster on the drums. I think she must have specially made sticks to withstand the force that she’s subjecting them to. She stands on the drums, wails on them, directs the crowd like an orchestra, all while keeping the beat. She is one of the most animated and enjoyable performers I’ve yet seen. She seems to honestly enjoy what she is doing. Many times throughout the show, she stopped along with Matt to tell Salt Lake City not only how amazed they were with the turn out, but how the fans enable them to continue to do what they love.
Matt has his own thing going on too. He jumps up on to the seat at his keyboard, rallies the crowd, tells stories, and overall, gushes to fans how much he loves his job of pleasing them by making music. This act comes off as purely genuine. Matt and Kim played songs from their new album “Sidewalks”. They covered classics, including “Silver Tiles”, their very first song written together. We heard “Good Old Fashioned Nightmare” and “Yea Yeah”, which was just outstanding. I personally enjoyed it while in the middle of a song they busted into Biz Markie’s “You Got What I Need” . The crowd sang along and bounced like hyped-up kids to every song, shouting every word and danced the entire time. I met people at this show who were the ultimate superfans, using the songs of Matt and Kim at their recent wedding and holding out to meet them(with success I might add).
If you like Indie tunes, even if you don’t, if your girlfriend “drags” you along to this, the rules are simple: sit back, have a drink, dance, and enjoy.