Flashback: Matt & Kim: Crowd-surfing Kim a beer @ Terminal 5: November 15, 2012
Just a few weeks before launching this site I attended a Matt & Kim show at Terminal 5. The show was – as all of their shows are – a party from start to finish. Balloons, confetti, Kim surfing the crowd standing up on their hands – it had all of the standard Matt & Kim live show craziness. I’ve said it before, I know that a lot of people dump on the Brooklyn indie pop duo for making music that is very basic and kinda silly. I get that. But unlike a lot of bands doing the bubblegum-pop/party routine, I’ve always enjoyed Matt & Kim because I believe that their enthusiasm and general happy outlook on life and music is genuine. Something about their energy is infectious. (Haters insert joke here.)
Recently I received a blast email from Kim with a video and reminder about one fantastic and truly out-of-the-ordinary thing that happened at that Terminal 5 show. Kim asked the crowd for a beer. (That’s not out-of-the-ordinary.) One enterprising guy surfed from the front of the crowd all the way to the bar in the back – not a short distance in cavernous T5 – purchased a beer, and surfed the crowd back to the stage with the beer in his hand. From my vantage point above the floor on the left-hand balcony, I was able to see the entire thing go down. It was a pretty amazing feat. It isn’t easy to impress Kim, but you could see that she was appreciative.
Fortunately, someone got a video of this … again one of those live concert moments that can never be duplicated by listening to an album or mp3. Here are my photos from the show (in addition to the ones in this post), more traditional concert reviews here and here, and links to photos taken from a very different vantage point here and here. Enjoy!