First Aid Kit – March 2015
Sweden’s First Aid Kit will be making their thrilling return to Australia next autumn. Already confirmed on the extensive Golden Plains festival bill, and just announced to play Womadelaide on Sunday 8th March, the dreamy duo will be playing headline shows across the east coast including Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Friday 6th March, The Tivoli in Brisbane on Tuesday 10th March and the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Wednesday 11th March.
Already a tour de force in their short but well decorated career, Johanna and Klara Söderberg’s return to perform these headline theatre dates marks a thrilling milestone for them as their largest Australian tour to date. Following sell out shows in July around their Splendour In The Grass appearance, the girls bring with them an extensive repertoire from their latest studio album Stay Gold, and the two full lengths that preceded it. Singing weary songs about transience, touring constantly, missing home, losing friends and lovers, the twosome write lyrics about fighting the good fight but making the kind of wide-eyed, 70s-tinged folk-rock that thrives on soaring vocals, warm harmonies and big choruses. Their voices meld together as if they were one and the timeless iconography in their lyrics speaks strongly of their Americana influences.
Much has changed for the Söderberg sisters in the past six years. They had been earning a stellar reputation recording and performing as a teenaged duo in Sweden, when their profile began to soar globally. In 2010, they released their debut LP, The Big Black & The Blue, which prompted critical raves and dates with everyone from Patti Smith and Jack White to Lykke Li and Bright Eyes. As long time fans, this too brought with them the introduction to Bright Eyes’ producer Mike Mogis who they went on to work with on their 2012 release, The Lion’s Roar. Stay Gold once again saw the sisters head back to the Omaha, Nebraska studio with Mogis’, whose immense echo and orchestrations compliment their sublime drifter poetry perfectly.