For Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino — the Brooklyn indie pop duo known as Matt & Kim — having a third album (“Sidewalks”) and an actual body of work has taken some adjustment.
“We started playing and touring with five songs for our first show,” recalls Johnson. “Then we gradually and very slowly built our set. We were playing 45 minutes; that was our tops till last year. Now we’re playing an hour and 55 minutes, which, for what we do — we give it 155 percent — it’s brutal. We’re just totally worn out.”
More than just having new material, however, singer-keyboardist Johnson says he and drummer Schifino have enjoyed the evolution of their craft from album to album, both as songwriters and as players.
“We wrote and recorded our first album within our first year of ever playing our instruments,” he notes. “Now it’s been five or six years, and we’ve grown so much from album to album. And when we were just learning how to play (‘Sidewalks’) it was fun and exciting and different from the songs we had played from square one.
“We look at things a little unconventionally. I consider us songwriters and performers, really. We’ve hopefully never considered ourselves musicians in the traditional sense.”
Matt & Kim, the Thermals and the Hood Internet perform Friday, June 24, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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