First Aid Kit have a knack for making the kind of sad music that does everything but leave you feeling sad — and they’ve been doing it for ten years. The Swedish sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg took the stage at Union Transfer Saturday night for the first time since 2014, and for the first time as a five-piece band. As the sisters put it, it had been “way too long,” and the sold-out crowd was eager to see what this new era of First Aid Kit would bring. Continue reading →
There’s something special about hearing a new song before a recorded version has been released, and then revisiting it once it does reach public ears. Today we can experience that in the form of First Aid Kit‘s new song “Fireworks,” which the band previewed right here in Philly when they played Free at Noon in October. “Fireworks” follows the first two singles from the XPN perennial fave’s forthcoming album Ruins, “It’s a Shame” and “Postcard.” Continue reading →
We heardFirst Aid Kitunveiltheirnew single “Postcard” during last week’s Free at Noon, and now that there’s a recorded version out in the world, we can listen to it on repeat. “Postcard” is the second single from the Swedish folk duo’s just-announced upcoming LP Ruins, following “It’s a Shame.” Ruins, the duo’s fourth full-length and the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Stay Gold, will be released January 19, 2018 via Columbia Records. Continue reading →
When you watch a band perform songs from a record that’s yet to be released, you sometimes get the sense that there’s still some sinking in and tinkering to do.
Conversely, First Aid Kit is already so deep in the pocket I imagine by the time the album that houses “It’s A Shame” is released in 2018, they’ll need longer pants. Their live harmonies are stirring, but not at all surprising; sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have already spent one decade crystallizing their intertwining vocals. Continue reading →
It’s been far too long since the sweet sounds of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit were heard live in Philadelphia. The band — led by sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg — celebrated the release of their last album Stay Gold with a Union Transfer show in 2014, and shortly after their dazzling 2015 XPN Fest appearance, announced they’d be taking a break before working on new material.
That break ended a few weeks ago, when First Aid Kit let their new single “It’s a Shame” out into the world. With a forthcoming LP yet to be announced, the sisters have been making a few stops around the US to share some of their new material, and lucky for us they found time to stop by World Cafe Live this afternoon for a sold out Free at Noon concert.
First Aid Kit’s eight-song set was a carefully curated mix of old favorites and previews of what the new album will bring. The timeless, Americana-inspired anthem “It’s a Shame” has been floating around the XPN airwaves quite a bit recently, so the packed World Cafe crowd was right at home when the band opened with the new song. The Söderberg sisters then took us back to the warm and inviting sounds of Stay Gold with that album’s soft and shimmering title track, leading the audience in clapping along, before launching into the not-yet-released “Postcard,” a delicate ballad with a classic country sound that showcases the duo’s signature sibling harmonies. Continue reading →
Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit just released their new single “It’s a Shame,” their first song in three years and first follow-up to the acclaimed Stay Gold. The duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg has a beautiful, harmony-driven sound similar to that of groups like Joseph and Fleet Foxes; the vocals on “It’s a Shame” are heavenly, fitting perfectly with the mix of acoustic strumming and country-inspired keyboard lines. Take a listen to “It’s a Shame” below, revisit their XPoNential Music Festival appearance here and keep tabs on the band via Facebook. Continue reading →
Johanna and Klara Söderberg, better known as the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, captivated the XPN Fest crowd this afternoon with their dazzling harmonies and musicianship.
The duo’s musical career started early, when they learned to play “Down the River to Pray” from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? They quickly discovered their songwriting capabilities, and began performing on the streets of Stockholm.
It wasn’t until they uploaded their songs to social networking sites like MySpace and YouTube that they received widespread attention. One cover of “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” by Fleet Foxes gained them Internet fame, and they decided to focus on music full-time.
Since then, they’ve released three studio albums, the most recent being 2014’s Stay Gold. They played several tracks from that record, including “My Silver Lining”, “Master Pretender”, “Waitress Song”, and the title track. They even threw in a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “America”. Continue reading →
Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have been performing together as First Aid Kit since they released their debut EP, Drunken Trees, in 2008. That summer, First Aid Kit uploaded a cover of “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” by Fleet Foxes to YouTube. Fleet Foxes’ lead singer Robin Pecknold posted a link on their webpage to the video resulting in a wave of popularity for the sisters. They released their debut full length in 2010, The Big Black & The Blue, followed by 2012’s The Lion’s Roar. First Aid Kit are also featured on Conor Oberst’s new album and have recorded a single with Jack White for Third Man Records.
Their new album, Stay Gold, is an exquisite collection of songs from the sisters. Influenced by singer-songwriter, folk and country traditions, the arrangements are well crafted, the sound warm and welcoming, and the harmonies transcendent. Mike Mogis produced the album with the sisters performing most of the instruments themselves.
Below, watch the video for “Cedar Lane,” Stream the album in it’s entirety here.