There are kids born to cause an uproar—those kids you knew in class, who even in kindergarten you could tell were always going to be getting into trouble. The kids who triggered the noise and thrived on it, kids inspired to fill even the shortest of silences. Matt & Kim are those kids, and they proved it once again Oct. 20 at Stubb’s.
Oberhofer opened the show with their single “Gotta Go.” The skinny boys in tank tops played to an eager crowd, who despite their impatience seemed welcoming to the Brooklyn band. Lead singer Brad Oberhofer lead his band through the songs from their album Time Capsules II, such as “I Could Go”, “Haus” and “Landline”. It was with “Away Frm U” that I started worrying this would be a mediocre crowd, seeing only the first couple of rows against the stage were dancing. But Oberhofer delivered with enthusiasm, and when they were done, small groups of high school girls fluttered to their merch table and asked for pictures, so I think they did pretty well.
It was only a little while later that Matt & Kim ran to the stage in an attack of emotion, pink fireworks exploding on the screen behind them. They wasted no time on introductions and immediately started playing “Block After Block” in tune to the loud echoes of the singing crowd. After that, Matt introduced their new favorite, “It’s Alright,” a two-week old song which a large part of the audience knew already.
Matt & Kim don’t stop, they never stop, seamlessly transitioning from song to song and filling spaces with their stories. They mentioned they’ve been through a shit-ton of bad luck on their Lightning tour—broken down bus, collapsed ceiling fan, Matt losing his voice—but that nights like this make up for it. Both Matt & Kim had a lot of love for Austin, and to introduce “Yea Yeah” Matt told the story of writing it after he passed out in a bush he peed in once upon a time at South by Southwest. It took them no time at all to liven up the crowd and turn Stubbs into a raging club with their hits like “Tonight” and “Now.” They mixed in snippets of popular songs such as “Jump On It” and “Ni**as In Paris” with their own, exploding confetti to “We No Speak Americano” booming through the speakers.
One of the greatest parts of Matt & Kim’s live shows is always their interaction with the audience, and this show was no exception. They threw out about 300 balloons and had the crowd blow them up, told stories of small boobs and big muscles, and at one point Kim walked out on the hands of her fans and danced to the roaring music. People crowd surfed during “Cinders”—the duo’s fastest song—and lost their shit to “Daylight” and “Let’s Go”, clearly two of the night favorites. There was not even the teeniest moment of silence, and the audience stayed behind, after “Lessons Learned” and even well after the encore, “Good For Great.”
The night was all about commotion, and as usual, Matt & Kim delivered, proving why they’re big, big, and getting bigger. “Let’s bring the motherfucking ruckus,” said Matt, and like the two mischievous kids they are (who might need Ritalin from time to time), they brought the ruckus.