It would be impossible, but if anyone were to try and contain the electric energy that is indie-pop duo Matt & Kim, their Hurricane Sandy stricken residence of New York would have no power issues. Everyone would be warmed by the friendly furnace that is Kim’s laughter or sit by the light of Matt’s mischievous grin.
When the pair sat down to talk with KROQ in Los Angeles, they had just played a huge show and Matt was still kind of sick, but they were full of vitality.
The group is currently touring with another high-energy group called Oberhofer and remembering that they had toured once with Blink-182, we asked them if they had any devilish stories. Matt & Kim plus Blink-182 (a band that they had been huge fans of beforehand) equals naughtiness right?
Definitely. Especially if Kim can get her way. “I was trying to Saran-Wrap Tom [DeLonge]’s toilet, so he’d poop in it and it would get caught. Matt wouldn’t let me do any of the fun stuff.”
As fearless as she is, Kim wasn’t so keen on Travis Barker’s death-defying drum set. Once, when they were in San Diego, Kim was encouraged to take a ride in his 3-minute automated drum set-up that dips down and moves around the audience.
“Basically, when Kim gets really scared, she just starts laughing like a squeaky wheel,” recalled Matt, saying that Kim was “just squeaking for three minutes.” With a serious look, Kim said it was “terrifying.”
“It became even more impressive because he’s up there doing the most ridiculous stuff ever and, I don’t know, I don’t know,” she continued. “I will never, ever do that again.”
Wild, uninhibited performance sans risky contraption is what Matt & Kim do best, and the pair went onstage with Blink-182 and let loose a few times during that tour.
One time in Detroit, Tom lost his voice and ten minutes before the show Mark [Hoppus] asked Matt to sing the Blink-182 guitarist’s vocals in front of a 15,000 person audience. Matt didn’t know the lyrics to the song, but Mark basically guilt-tripped him into singing.
Kim, who loves to “booty dance” and “drop it down low,” jokingly bragged that she got to booty dance with Blink onstage. We bring up that “booty dancing” is kind of running theme in the interview and joke that it’s going to say that on Kim’s tombstone.
They both laughed and Matt quipped, filling in the blanks of what that aforementioned tombstone might say.
“Kim. She came. She dropped.”
And she conquered.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles