Ahead of their upcoming tour with Ellie Goulding, the Brooklyn-based indie dance-pop outfit consisting of Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino -- best known simply as Matt and Kim -- have surprise-released a new EP titled We Were The Weirdos. The duo announced the EP and debuted a driving dance-punk track from it titled "Please No More" during their Coachella set this past Sunday afternoon.
Johnson and Schifino recorded the four brand-spanking-new tracks between the first and second weekends of Coachella at Lars Stalfors' Los Angeles studio. Stalfors also produced the duo's previous release, their fifth full-length studio album titled New Glow, which dropped last year.
The new EP, which marks the band's return to the FADER Label, is available to stream in full here via Spotify.
Apparently, the duo was inspired to hit the studio after a brief tour in Europe following their first several-month-long break since forming in 2004.
n a statement, Johnson explains: "We took three months off over the winter, the longest break we've ever taken since we started the band. They say absences making the heart grow fonder, and when we got back on the road a few weeks ago we felt so f*ckin' inspired! Like we were a new band!"
He continues: "You have to ACT on inspiration or it'll slip through your fingers, and then we were charged up even MORE from 1st weekend of Coachella. I'm so proud of how raw and real these songs are going to be, I really believe there is something special here..." Consequence of Sound reports.
We Were The Weirdos is notably the duo's first-ever release to feature guitars. About their decision to switch things up on this recording, Johnson told Entertainment Weekly "We sometimes put these restraints on us for no apparent reason until you realize there are no rules," adding that "You get a different perspective on songwriting."
He continues: "I came from playing guitar in punk bands, that was my introduction to music. There's something thematically about these songs that feels like going back, even back to an earlier Matt and Kim or where we came from," EW reports.