From Schifino's signature booty dance performed while standing on the outstretched hands of fans to the band's recent crowdsourced music video for "Can You Blame Me," the third single off New Glow, Matt and Kim always has been a standout when it comes to engaging fans.
The twosome even took the time to reach out to some of their biggest Phoenix supporters in February 2014, when they donated $1,000 to the Trunk Space's campaign to purchase an air conditioner.
"When we first started going on tour, we would play people's basements and living rooms and art spaces and warehouses and all kinds of things. Our first two or three shows in the Phoenix area were at Trunk Space, and they were always so kind and cool and awesome there," Johnson says. "I remember the air conditioning ran air through a cold wet something. I don't know how it works, but our shows are known for people jumping around and dancing, and it definitely got hot and sweaty at the Trunk Space. When we saw that the space is still happening and were updating, the least we could do was give something back."
Trunk Space isn't the only Phoenix venue with a special place in the heart of Matt and Kim. Though the Marquee Theatre may not evoke the same communal vibe as the Trunk Space, it still has played host to enough great Matt and Kim shows that, according to Johnson, "about 30 percent" of the show footage used in the recent video for "Get It" was taken from Marquee shows.
That's not an official calculation, but the point is that Matt and Kim brings it out of Phoenix, and Phoenix brings it out of Matt and Kim. "There's something about how hungry people are in general in Phoenix. It gets wild there," Johnson says.
Any Matt and Kim fan knows it gets wild anywhere the two-piece dance band sets up and plays. The music videos are fun and creative, and the albums are always upbeat, but the live performance is far and away the thunder-pop duo's strongest suit and overall focus.