Please don’t get me wrong. I love cut copy. They were great last night but Matt & Kim killed it. Utterly killed it.
Maybe I am just punk drunk off these two but I have never seen a band that enjoys what they do – more then they do. From the minute they stepped on stage, they were so engaging and humble.
When you watch these two together you feel like you just got invited to see them play live in thier basement. They play together like no one is watching and it just the two of them having fun and goofing off. I can’t count how many times they tried to include the crowd or said how happy they were just to be here. There was not an ounce of entitlement with them.
A great example is between one of the songs, they were talking about the drunkness from the night before at MJQ. They went into a story about afterwards ending up at the Marietta Dinner at 2am on a Wednesday. They walked into a Furry meeting. They then went on to say this craziness is why they love Atlanta and they were happy to be here.
I hope their experience here will make them come back. I am really not one to loiter around after a show to try and meet the band but I wanted to thank them for a great night. Back by the bar Kim was eating fries and hanging out with two of her local friends who came to the show. I said a quick, “you guys killed it tonight and I had been really looking forward to the show.” She was the one who was thanking me for coming out to see them. Down to earth, humble and gifted is Matt & Kim. I hope they never change.
Enjoy the Playlist – 9 song set (missed one while taking pictures…)
I ran accoss this video yesterday on Alaska in Winter’s youtube page. Now I am seaching for Hari Ziznewski’s side project Rap. Their myspace page was no help although they do have three tracks on it. Unfortunately I don’t think they have any albums/eps. If anyone knows of any more info, please comment…
Balkan lowrider anthem off Dance Party in the Balkans
According to Wikipedia, “Alaska in Winter is an American electronic band consisting of front man Brandon Bethancourt, who dropped out of art school in Albuquerque, New Mexico and reportedly, “spent a semester in a tiny cabin out in the middle of nowhere Alaska recording music on a laptop during the winter” and which later came to be known as the project, “Alaska in Winter”.”
I love this idea. If it true, which is questionable due to it’s source, it is one of the most amazing band creation stories I have ever heard. Everytime I listen to this group, I get this picture of teenage angst and unshaken creativity growing in complete and utter isolation.
Berlin off Holiday (2008)
I have heard this band described as Beirut meets Junior boys. Brandon Bethancourt does enlist many of the Beirut cast in the first release, “Dance Party in the Balkans”. He even gets Zach Condon to appear on a few track both in instrumentation and vocals. The second album, Holiday, takes an entirely different turn altogher. While instrumentation played front and center on Dance Party in the Balkans, Holiday’s real star is the electronica and beats. Like any kind of evolution, I can appreciate both albums. I am patiently waiting for what is next for Brandon.
The Homeless and the hummingbirds off Dance Party in the Balkans