By Quinn Donnell
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As Matt & Kim’s performance at the Westcott Theater came to a close, Kim stood atop her kick drum, addressing the venue’s 700 guests, and said: “As we all know, shit broke here, but we put shit back together and we have a show here tonight. Guys, just remember, if shit breaks, you can still fucking put it back together and still have a good fucking time.”
Kim’s reference to the Westcott’s newly reconstructed ceiling, which had partially collapsed during a Dada Life show two nights before, acted as a fitting conclusion to the 90-minute performance. For two days, Matt & Kim fans of Upstate New York anxiously waited to find out if the Westcott’s doors would reopen in time for their favorite indie dance rock duo. They awaited the opportunity to see the two put on the live performance that has taken their career to the level it’s at today.
I had heard about Matt & Kim’s live shenanigans. I’d heard about Matt climbing the scaffolding of Lollapalooza’s Adidas stage in 2010, and I’d heard about the duo throwing hundreds of condoms into the crowd, directing everyone to open the condoms, blow them up, and simultaneously release them for a display of beautiful immaturity.
Being aware of these stories, I had high expectations for the Oct. 4 performance at the Westcott. I assumed I’d get to see at least one of these stunts, one thing I’d never seen at a show before.
If I were to say that I did, in fact, witness a demonstration of something totally ridiculous, though, it would almost be a lie, because the entirety of the one and a half hour show was a wildly absurd performance.
Kim seemed to spend more time fist-pumping from the top of her kick drum than actually sitting at her kick drum, and when she wasn’t doing that, she was dancing to the tune of Diplo’s “Express Yourself” on a temporary 2×2 stage composed of fans’ raised hands. She also spent a portion of her evening running around with giant symbols, banging them together in an effort to compliment Matt’s keys.
Between their original songs, the two would often cover a variety of artists, ranging from Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg (“The Next Episode”) to Alice Deejay (“Better Off Alone”) to Sir Mix-A-Lot (“Jump on It”). These covers contributed to the party-like atmosphere that Matt & Kim created, providing the audience with recognizable songs with to dance and sing along with.
And that’s how 700 people spent their Thursday evening in Syracuse: dancing and singing. In an environment that had been broken just two days before, Matt & Kim offered a reason to put shit back together and have a fucking good time.