The crowd packed around the low stage as Matt & Kim set up their
equipment -- Kim's drum on the left, Matts keyboard and mic on the
right. They brought out a big white board and for a moment I thought
they might ask the crowd to sign it like they did at their Bottom of
the Hill show last year. Instead, they turned on a projector and a
series of images (first their logo, then album cover, then album art,
then photo clips of fireworks) played across the board and ceiling.
The sound was loud - ears ringing within seconds kind of loud, which
seemed appropriately basementlike. The low stage seemed fitting as
well, a reminder of the basements and floors the duo played on in the past.
They started with a few "warmup songs" ("I Wanna" and "Spare Change"
off of Grand). The setlist equally represented their two full
lengths and one demo. "I Wanna," "Spare Change," "Cutdown," "Good Ol
Fashioned Nightmare," "Cinders" and "Daylight" off of Grand; "It's a Fact (Printed Stained)," "Ready? Ok." and "Yea Yeah" off of Matt & Kim; and "5K" and "Silver Tiles" (their trademark last song) off of the demo.
For Matt & Kim it was another perfect show, full of enthusasm (I've
never seen either Matt or Kim not smile), fantastic live
interpretations of their songs (nothing they ever play in concert
sounds quite like the record), handclaps and fun. Much to Matt &
Kim's delight and my dismay, the crowd was uncharactaristically
aggressive. Fash songs induced mosh pits that slow songs couldn't
pacify. The low stage became an enemy as my fellow front row fans and I
nearly toppled onto Kim's drumset, knees bruising against the stage.
Those who came to dance and have fun found themselves violently shoved
around. Still, no amount of pushing and shoving could take the fun out
of Matt & Kim.
Personal bias: Alright, I'm a little nostalgic about the good ol' Matt & Kim shows.
Random detail: Kim told a story about how San
Francisco was the first place she and Matt were ever asked to sign a
girl's breast. Kim did it right away, Matt got nervous.
By the way: Tomorrow they play in LA.