Matt and Kim bring the dance party. Playing infectious, punk-tinged synth-and-drums pop, the couple writes anthemic love letters to their home, Brooklyn, N.Y. Though the duo, comprised of Matt Johnson (vocals and keys) and Kim Schifino (vocals and drums), initially cut their musical teeth playing warehouse shows and sweaty house parties around Williamsburg, Brooklyn, they're now starting to see some much deserved mainstream attention.
In the tune "Daylight" off of Matt and Kim's second album Grand--which they recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and licensed to play in a Bacardi commercial--Johnson chants: "open hydrant, rolled down windows / this car might make a good old boat / and float down Grand Street in daylight." Candy pop synth melodies hopscotch around steadily thrashing drums and catchy vocal harmonies, evoking images of kids running through gushing fire hydrants on a sticky summer afternoon in New York.
Praised for their ass-shaking live shows, Matt and Kim are known to get the crowd amped before their set by cranking up a little Top-40 hip-hop. With grinning smiles and an earnest stage presence, watching these guys perform is as refreshing as stepping off the sweltering subway platform into the cool interior of the air conditioned L-train.