BWW Exclusive Interview: Pop-Duo KARMIN Rocks to the Beat of New Album 'Pulses'
After skyrocketing to fame via YouTube, the pop-duo KARMIN is ready to prove they are more than just your everyday cover band with an original album and continuing tour. The duo appeared in concert last night, February 11th at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN.
Below, check out an exclusive play-by-play of the night followed by an interview with the artists themselves!
TUESDAY NIGHT: 6:32 PM
It smells like a healthy combination of pubescent teenagers and over-served twenty-somethings in here.
I'm standing in the Varsity Theater--nestled in the heart of Dinkytown, Minneapolis--waiting for KARMIN to take the stage for their Pulses Tour. The crowd isn't particularly packed but it's certainly a lively bunch and there's definitely enough room to bust-a-move or two when the mood strikes, which is quite appealing for a guy like me. The pop-duo who recently made quite the splash on the music scene may not be a household name just yet but it's only a matter of time before these two stake their claim in the playlist hall of fame.
Back in April 2011, the two posted a YouTube cover of Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" and the world went wild. The video erupted and before too long it was clear this team had more than just good looks and a love of linguistics--they had star potential. Now signed with Epic Records, they've proven they are more than just a cover band, have been featured in quite a few nationally syndicated commercials--think Dasani (yes, the water) and Sony to name a few--and are finally releasing their long anticipated album Pulses this March, or so they hope.
The opener and Act One (as I like to call it) BRYCE VINE is on stage engaging the anxious crowd with some surprisingly catchy tunes. I'll admit, I'd never heard of the band until this evening but since then I've purchased the album and have been humming their songs ever since. And if you've never heard of them, it's definitely worth a Google search and a few minutes on YouTube. But at the end of the day, no matter how much they encourage to the room to wave, clap and sing-a-long--we're all here to see KARMIN. Sorry, fellas!
It's about half past seven and BRYCE VINE is long gone when the lights dim and room buzzes in anticipation. In only a few seconds, KARMIN will take the stage and the audience can barely contain themselves. The band blares and we see our first glimpse of the attractive duo. Nick Noonan hits the stage in a blue tank looking like a dark-haired musically gifted Adonis. The crowd cheers. Then the fairer, estrogen charged, and current blonde-bombshell Amy Heidemann takes the stage. The crowd loses their minds. In an instant the pop-duo known as Karmin has us in the palm of their hands. And within a few minutes, it's a sea of mobile devices, stretched high and striving to capture ever second of this high-energy concert.
KARMIN hits the ground running and doesn't look back as they take us on a fast-paced, body-rockin' trip through their new album Pulses. Along the way, they even manage to throw in a few classic covers including their viral sensation "Look At Me Now." Yeah, they perform all the chart-toppers, "Acapella", "Hello" and "Brokenhearted" but it's some of their lesser-known tracks that really drive the evening. From start to finish, the concert balances a fine line that not only gave the people what they wanted but also left us craving more. There's a point somewhere in the middle of things when I wish I had a significant head of hair to fling. Heidemann is rapping wildly while flipping her blonde locks to and fro, while Noonan is all over the stage playing instruments, singing and engaging the crowd--from their very first steps on stage, the two are giving it everything they've got.
MONDAY: ONE DAY EARLIER
Between the two of them, it's quite obvious that KARMIN is "hot" and not like, "damn, those two are hot right now, we need to buy their album..." more like these are two really attractive people--so when the duo agreed to answer a few of my questions, the shy little boy in me blushed just a teeny bit. Before they hit the land of 10,000 lakes we took a few minutes to talk Pulses, life on tour, expectations for the Twin Cities and a few other random questions-here's what they had to say: