There are good concerts and the occasional great concert. Then there are nights like this that are magical and leave you grinning stupidly on the entire drive back home. The Brooklyn duo, Matt & Kim, did it to me again.
With DJ Autobot from Flosstradamus bowing out from the opening slot, Le Blorr stepped in to warm up the crowd. Fuzz-rock, sleaze-synth and a drummer prone to crowd-surf.
The Thermals kept the crowd moving with a rousing set of punk and rock, with little pockets of moshing beginning to stir within the pit. Drummer Westin Glass played the part of cheerleader whenever there was a break, running to the stage front and throwing up fists from behind his drum set. Hopefully we’ll have the chance to see this trio again headlining their own show at one of the smaller venues around town.
Seeing Matt & Kim again held a bit of extra importance, as their show opening for Cut Copy at the Gargoyle back in 2009 was one of the first shows that I ever shot during this current venture into concert photography. Bigger venue, bigger crowd and a few new tricks this time around (confetti, DIY balloons, huge Sidewalks-themed backdrop), but the undeniable spirit and enthusiasm of the duo still remains the backbone of their show and why we adore them. With huge grins across both their faces, whether pounding away on their instruments or getting the males to take off their shirts and swing them in the air, Matt & Kim know how to put on a party. Did anyone leave the Pageant without a stupid goofy smile on their face? I sure didn’t.
Leftovers thoughts: I’d love to see Kim and the National’s Matt Berninger have a crowd-surf battle… Kim’s declaration of loving Budweiser (which conjures different feelings post-InBev takeover) drew an equal amount of cheers and boos… The encore was medley of M&K hits that they already played, which was fun but definitely different and kind of strange the more I think about it… Predicting this show will fall within the top 5 of my favorite shows this year… The Thermal’s bassist has pretty awesome hair.
Photo notes: Le Blorr’s lighting was really hazy, leaving the drummer in shadows for long periods. Things were slightly better for the Thermals but I had a minor mind fart in mistaking the song count and waiting too long to switch lens and concentrate more on shooting their drummer. Matt & Kim’s lighting was amazing and made shooting them a cinch. Combined with their stage antics and charisma, this was a really fun shoot. If you’re going to see M&K, standing slightly to the right of Matt tends to yield the best results since you can also catch Kim (when she climbs on her drum) really easily here.
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