Matt and Kim @ Showbox at the Market
Big basement energy 🏠
Published October 3, 2023
📅 Monday, October 9th
⏰ Doors @ 7:30 pm | Show @ 8:30 pm
📍 Showbox at the Market: 1426 1st Ave, Seattle
🎟️ $32.50 – $35
👪 All Ages to Enter; 21 and Over to Drink
Even though Matt and Kim are from Brooklyn, they remind me of a different Seattle because they would absolutely pack a garage or a basement back when it was much easier for an ambitious group of friends to hunt down a house and at least attempt to turn it into a DIY venue. When they scored a hit in 2009 with Daylight, it felt nice to see that joyful posi-punk energy in the mainstream. Seeing them still touring now—with a much higher production value but a similarly chaotic ethos—makes it feel like Basement Time survived, at least a little!
Matt and Kim are best known for their live shows and, even after nearly two decades, get their energy from a packed crowd. This means that the pandemic years have been Not Great for them. This tour’s gonna be interesting not just because they’ve unleashed themselves upon the world again, but because they’ve been experimenting with stripping themselves back down to their roots with their side project (with the exact same two-person lineup!) PG14. They’re playing the Northwest leg of their tour with Portland garage punk outfit Cherry Cheeks, who, despite being a relatively new band, also remind me of a simpler time.
📸: Matt and Kim | Showbox Presents
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Sarah Anne Lloyd is a writer and lifelong Seattleite whose work has appeared in Seattle Met, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, KNKX, and others. She lives on the outskirts of West Seattle with her partner, an absolutely perfect dog, and six terrifying chickens. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahannelloyd.