Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are the New York duo simply known as Matt & Kim. The self-proclaimed DIY artists are set to release their fourth album Tuesday, titled Lightning, which can be previewed in its entirety below.
Johnson, a “country boy from Vermont,” carries the vocal and keyboard duties while a tattooed, punk rock-spirited Schifino handles the percussion duties. Having met and started dating while in college, the two began collaborating on artwork for other bands, and soon tried their hand at playing music together.
“About five years ago,” says Schifino to Dutch music blog FaceCulture, “I wanted to learn how to play the drums and Matt wanted to learn how to play keyboards so we started doing that together cause it just seemed to make sense.” To which Johnson laughs, “And by accident, boom, here we are!”
Shicfino, famous for standing atop her drum kit, has a knack for getting the crowd on their feet dancing.
With one foot in Indie and one in dance music, Matt & Kim also share a love of hip hop which can be felt in small doses throughout the new album.
“We find an energy there in hip hop music that’s not in a lot of indie music, that’s sort of the category we fall into, says Johnson in an interview for Vitamin Water’s Uncapped series. “Let’s just say, anything I can drop my bottom to, I’m a fan of,” adds Shifino.
Lightning Tour Dates
10/3 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
10/4 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
10/5 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/6 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
10/7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/9 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
10/13 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
10/14 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/16 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon
10/17 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
10/18 – New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
10/19 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
10/20 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs
10/21 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
10/23 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/24 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
10/26 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10/27 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/30 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
11/1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
11/2 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/3 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
11/4 – St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/6 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
11/8 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/10 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
11/11 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/13 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
11/14 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/16 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
11/17 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater
Lightning is available Tuesday worldwide.
— Jay Tilles, CBS Local