Matt and Kim present Grand - 10 Year Celebration Tour
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** Language is definitely not suitable for all ages because of Kim. **
MATT AND KIM
Matt and Kim, the duo known for infectious, beat-driven anthems and explosive live shows, are back with their sixth studio album ALMOST EVERYDAY, out now on FADER Label. Work on the new music began soon after Kim suffered a torn ACL while performing on stage at Mexico's Vaiven Festival in 2017. The year-long break from touring allowed Matt and Kim the time to focus on songwriting and complete this album, which is one of the band's most personal releases to date. Matt of Matt and Kim says: 2017 was not a great year for us. Kim got real depressed during her recovery, and anyone who knows Kim (or has seen her play) knows she's such a bad-ass upbeat person so it was hard. Then of course almost everyday it seemed like there was another terrible headline. I feel since the beginning of music people have used writing songs as a form of therapy, but I'm not sure we ever really did...until 2017. With a song like "Forever" it felt really good to get stuff off our chest. While the chorus may seem harsh...I think the verses are a rally cry to pull together and just overcome all the bullsh*t. Matt and Kim's previous release was 2016's WE WERE THE WEIRDOS -- a surprise 4-track EP produced in its entirety during the week between the band's two performances at Coachella and debuted on stage. Noisey called the EP, "the kind of record that wants you to run around Brooklyn and shower your friends in dollar bills, or better still, dance on a roof in the middle of the day." While students at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, Matt and Kim met on campus and began collaborating musically when they were quickly recognized for their thunder-punching, melodic mix of indie and dance music. Pitchfork described their sound as "melody so happily jerky and rhythms so dangerously spastic that you can practically hear paroxysmal crowds pogo-ing madly...Johnson sings and thousands of other kids in his zip code (and others like it around the country) feel like he's describing their Saturday nights." In addition to multiple successful album releases, Matt and Kim have become the go-to live band for raw exuberance and dance-ready anthems. Billboard says, "their honestly creates a bond with an audience that wants to know as much as it can about their favorite musicians. And you don't want to miss a moment." The band has performed sold-out headlining tours across North America and wowed fans around the globe. They've performed to thousands upon thousands at many major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Firefly, Summerfest, Big Day Out, Fuji, V, Pukkelpop and Ultra. The Brooklyn duo are also viral video stars, with over 50 million YouTube views and counting, from innovative music videos to a regular vlog "Matt and Kim Show Ya Stuff" which allows fans a personal glimpse into their lives off the stage. Known for their inventive concepts, Matt and Kim's video for "Lessons Learned," in which they strip naked in Times Square on a very cold February day, won an MTV Video Music Award for "Breakthrough Video." This spring, Matt and Kim will be embarking on a U.S. headlining tour including stops in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival.
Hailing from San Diego’s Logan Heights neighborhood, Beach Goons was the brainchild of Pablo Cervantez, the band’s vocalist, guitarist, and sole constant member. Beach Goons started innocently enough with Cervantez and a couple friends picking up instruments and playing out, hitting up any place that would have them, from their middle school to Logan Heights’ library. As the band grew, their sound evolved with them. Their early singles showed a brash, garage-indebted take on punk, but by the time of BoiSad, the edges began to smooth, and more of Beach Goons’ personality began poking through. For their new album, hoodratscumbags, Beach Goons didn’t rush things, instead spending the better part of two years workshopping the songs until they became the most potent examples of what they wanted to express.
“Most of the songs were scrapped or I rewrote them,” says Cervantez of the writing process. “It was just going to be an EP, but it got to a point where we had enough songs for it to be an album.” The product of all that work is hoodratscumbags, which GRNDVW Recordings will release on September 7, and sees drummer Chris Moran and bassist David Orozco joining the ranks. Across the album’s 10 songs, Beach Goons effortlessly blend genres, taking a bit from punk and surf, to authentically express their lives and where they come from. “We’re from a Mexican community, we’re all Mexicans, and we really love showing it,” says Cervantez. “[Logan Heights] is the heart of Mexican culture, and the heart of Chicano culture, and I really want to emphasize this was our upbringing and this is who we are.”
Songs like “A.M” and “The End” show the album’s breadth, as Beach Goons write airtight pop songs, but come at them through the side door. The songs twist and turn, revealing their ability to surprise a listener without ever breaking their stride. “I feel more confident writing and releasing this than I ever have,” says Cervantez of hoodratscumbags, and that’s something that’s noticeable on first listen. Beach Goons are pulling off moves that put them in a class of their own, taking the best of bands like Wavves, Joyce Manor, and Culture Abuse, and framing it in their own way.
“My family moved here, I’m first generation,” says Cervantez, “I just want to show those people that if you come from these streets, if you come from these hoods, you can do it too.” That sense of community, and Beach Goons’ sheer excitement, permeates the entirety of hoodratcumbags. It can be heard in songs such as “Chunti,” where Cervantez sings in Spanish and holds nothing back. It’s moments like these that show Beach Goons for what they are: a band that’s young, excited, and not afraid to show the world the full scope of themselves. Beach Goons will be touring in support of hoodratscumbags, including an appearance at Riot Fest in Chicago, spreading their message, and sharing their joy, with anyone that listens.
Riviera Theatre - Jam Productions
4746 North Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60640