Friday night with Matt and Kim was a combination of pure chaos, gallons of sweat, and explicit sexual innuendos. The duo put on an epic performance combining humor, high energy, and an expert display of musicianship. All for an unforgettable night at White Oak Music Hall.
After cancelling their tour dates for all of 2017 due to an unfortunate mishap with drummer, Kim, these two indie-musicians from Brooklyn held nothing back for their highly anticipated and long-awaited return to Houston. Despite their simple set up, these two put on a show that was anything but simple. The set included nothing more than some minimal stage lighting and signage behind them and a keyboard and drum kit placed side-by-side at center stage.
Keyboardist and vocalist, Matt Johnson showed off his not-so-stellar dance moves throughout the night. Exceptionally gifted in the dancing and twerking department was Kim Schifino, who often departed from her drum kit. All in order to let loose and invite attendees to do the same. Whether it was atop her kick drum or perched on the front edges of the stage, Kim went wild. Both in between and during the band’s songs. The duo even included several quick remixes in their set that allowed them to simply press play to dance for and with the audience.
Fortunately for those in attendance, this show was not just for viewing or listening pleasures only. It was also interactive and intimate. Constantly addressing the audience, Matt and Kim ensured that fans felt both welcome and included in their performance. At one point, Matt even asked if there were any birthdays in the audience and proceeded to gift the lone celebrator a special, dedicated song.
Moreover, Matt and Kim also ensured that fans were not left empty-handed throughout the set. Constant streams of balloons, pool toys, and other lifelike inflatables flooded from the stage throughout the entirety of the evening. These were not only objects to toss about, but to ride atop while crowd surfing. Wanting to capture the intimacy of their sets, the band even handed out a large sign with a Go-Pro camera attached that allowed the audience to film themselves throughout the show, be projected up onto the stage in real-time and potentially be included in a re-cap of the band’s performance and tour. Between the crowd surfing, camera-pass and mosh-pits, there was not a bad seat in the entire venue.
Last, but certainly not least, the duo made sure to reference sex, the female and male anatomies, “bedroom performance,” and other explicit innuendos throughout the night. Possibly both to break the ice and simply make things a bit awkward. At one point, Kim even procured two very large sex toys. She then
used to drum the final seconds of “Get It.”
These non-PG antics were something of a surprise to first-time viewers of a Matt and Kim performance. But, came as no surprise to avid fans and those who have witnessed the duo’s perform in years past.