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Aug 4, Music couple Matt & Kim talk about their wild videos, stage performances The indie-pop duo began dating at the Pratt Institute before they Lightning in October , toured with Passion Pit, and created viral music videos. Oct 9, Michael Tedder 10/09/ Such is the untamed energy of Matt & Kim that the pair started working on it almost immediately after they. May 6, Remember the old days, when Catfish hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph weren't so cynical and the couples they helped meet each other.
We have some finds—like a couple of old '50s tables and some cool, old chairs—but we're definitely looking forward to getting new things. We'd always see things we wanted and not be able to get them because we cannot fit another thing into our [current] apartment.
We live in less than square feet now, and the new place is around 2, or 3, We're at the point where we're thinking about what's going to go where, and every day I'm going to the store to buy another home magazine…. I'd definitely like to get rid of all our [low-end] furniture. I think that's another grown-up step. Is there anything you've seen that you can't wait to get? There are a lot of great stores around [Williamsburg].
But I also know that in Vermont, the used furniture market is a lot less expensive. We want to take a road trip with a box truck and see what we can find. We want a giant kitchen table, one of those really big tables with a thick wooden top. Yeah, my brother and I did our homework at our kitchen table every day.
We didn't go to our rooms. So the table's one thing. And we need a bed frame. We definitely need a really good couch. I want either two couches or a sectional because we're always competing and trying to fit when we lie down. And I always get the bad end of the deal. He just takes up the most amount of space.
It's a very "old country" feel. The first time I went to Matt's parents' house, I loved it. It's a Vermont-style house that just has this nice homey feel with, like, clapboards on the bottom and… What do you call that?
You're not going to be able to explain this! I don't know, we like things that feel…like [exposed] beams and chipped paint… We like the old personality of places rather than super-new, super-clean. It has to have a feeling of history or whatnot…. We're going to coin that. I don't think we can coin that because I think it exists. Do you like to decorate with personal stuff or buy made art for the walls?
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We're definitely buying a lot more art now. In art school, we'd trade pieces, so we started building our collection that way. Now we're buying stuff. I'm really into buying stuff at galleries. He doesn't like to go to museums because he can't buy the stuff. Like, they show it to you but you can't buy it? What are you most looking forward to about the new place? Well, it's just so gross in the building we live in now. Tell her what I saw in the hallway M: Kim looked through the peephole one time and thought she saw someone pissing in the hallway.
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But no, it wasn't that. It was two people having sex right outside of our [apartment] door. We were just about to leave and head out on tour and There's this drug dealer who goes up to our roof.
And I like to play detective and write down every time I see him going up to the roof. I don't know what I'm going to do with this information, but I like to keep it just in case…. And so all of a sudden, I heard someone in the stairwell and I was like, "He's there again! And I was like, "Ohhhhh, they're having sex in the hallway! As many things as you can catch from sex—especially from someone you might have sex with in a hallway—you can catch way worse things just from that hallway.
I just saw his ass. It's a sight I cannot get out of my mind. A sight you can't unsee. That is pretty gross…. You must be looking forward to having friends and family over to your nice, new place. Our families are very excited about this. Right now, we can't have anyone over because you can't move in the [small space].
So…parties at our new house! We go out every night on the road, so when we come home that's not what we want to do. The idea of being able to have people over and just hang out is really nice. Do you get to see your families a lot since they're up in New England?
We're super-close to our families. If we play in Boston, there are 20 of my family members on the guest list.
They come out in full force. And Matt's family too. He has a smaller family than me—not the big Italian family I have—but his parents always come out to our shows. And his brother lives here [in New York], so we hang out with him.
Do your parents dig your music?
They're all so supportive. My dad really loves our music. So what do you guys do when you are at home? What's a normal night in like for you? There are a lot of television series that we're addicted to. It's nice to take a second to lie on the couch and not worry about things.
We've been watching Friday Night Lights. I'm on the edge of my seat after the last episode. I think we're almost at the one where they play the Panthers. We just watched the one where Riggins got kicked out the trailer because the mother thought he was with the daughter. Riggins gets it hard—everyone always assumes the worst of him. But he's good-looking; he'll always bounce back.
Yeah, Taylor Kitsch is pretty hot. Isn't he in that superhero movie, the Green Lantern movie? No, that's Ryan Reynolds. Kim loves Ryan Reynolds. She once took a picture of the screen—some scene in something where he shows his abs. Then she showed it to me and was like, "Matt, I need you to get to work. It's just one of those things He's good-looking and he's funny. It's the funny thing that I like. That seals the deal.
That's why I'm with you—you make me laugh. All right, that was a little too cutesy. Stricken from the record! What else do you watch on TV? We've always been fans of, like, I don't know, home shit.
It just pissed me off so I had to shut it off. Do you like to cook? When you travel so much and eat out every night, the last thing you want to do when you come home is eat out. So we like to cook—rice and beans, and pasta dishes. I'm a better cook overall. If it were up to Matt, he'd eat peanut butter and jelly every day.
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But I will admit that Matt's rice and beans is better than mine. Have you ever made anything major, like a Thanksgiving dinner? I did it once. And Matt's a vegetarian so, you know, that kind of throws off my game. I don't think I'll ever do it again; it was so much work.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year—seeing the families? Matt's family's big holiday together is Thanksgiving, whereas my family's is Christmas. We were gone last Thanksgiving and she was like, "If you can't make it to next Thanksgiving…" M: While Johnson admits that all that brio can wear down even the sunniest of souls, he tells Hive that he's happiest when he's going nonstop.
It's the waiting that gets to him. If you see me, just try to avoid. Did you take a break then or did you guys go back into making the new album? We've never taken a break. In the last five, six years or so I feel there's been no break. As much as sometimes we'd like to see just a little bit of time in between, we always continue working.
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I guess it's because we really like what we do. So, I mean the thing is while touring, we don't get to write a lot. So you took a whole week off. Are there days after you've been touring for months on end where you're like "I just don't know if I can go out there and smile and be enthusiastic for people.
People have to recognize that there are another 23 hours in the day that isn't that hour on stage, and that's what gets really exhausting. When we get up there and there are a lot of people who are excited to be there, immediately, we get snapped out of that exhaustion. But then there's the other 22 and a half, 23 hours that becomes the part that becomes tiring. You and Kim live together and you're basically around each other every minute.
Do you guys ever get sick of each other? It blows my mind -- but no. That's the crazy thing. If there was any sort of relationship I've been in in the past where we spent half as much time as we've been together, we would've killed each other a long time ago.
But somehow, we just… we're really on the same page.
And we'll be frustrated at different times and every now and then -- basically once a month -- there'll be a note on the bus door that says "I'm having that time-of-the-month.
If you see me, just try to avoid," to let everyone in the crew know. We're human, but in the end we'll finish a tour after being on the same bus for a couple of months and we'll get home and be like "Alright!
Wanna go out to eat? You go to your room. Speaking of going home, you recorded Lightning in your apartment on Grand Street. The last thing we did there before we left it. Right as we finished that album we moved out, and it felt like the end of an era. Basically all of our albums we had written there and we refer to that spot a bunch of times.