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First Aid Kit (band)

 

First Aid Kit (band)

First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit (Frankfurt am Main, 18.02.2012)
Background information
Origin Sweden
Genres Folk, indie folk, indie-pop, psychedelic pop, Americana
Years active 2007–present
Labels Rabid Records
Website thisisfirstaidkit.com
Members Johanna Söderberg
Klara Söderberg

First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo composed of sisters Johanna (b. 31 October 1990) and Klara (b. 8 January 1993) Söderberg, whose close vocal harmonies and woodsy, folk-influenced songwriting take influence from the likes of Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom. Hailing from Enskede, a southern suburb of Stockholm, the siblings began composing songs in 2007. Their 2008 YouTube video cover of the song "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" by Fleet Foxes spread their name rapidly on the Internet.[1] The sisters subsequently appeared alongside Fleet Foxes performing the song in a concert in the Netherlands.

History

Starting out in 2007, the sisters sent a demo tape of their home-recorded "Tangerine" to a Swedish radio station, which gave it airplay that summer. Later that year the duo signed to Rabid Records, a label co-owned by the Swedish electronic duo The Knife. April 2008 saw the release of the debut EP Drunken Trees in Sweden. The London-based Wichita Records label reissued the EP one year later, bolstering its track list with a cover of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" and videos of three songs performed live in a Swedish forest. During their early years the duo had a collection of songs posted on the social networking site MySpace, one of which was "Cross Oceans", a re-recording of which later appeared on Drunken Trees.

They released their debut album, The Big Black & The Blue, in 2010; the release was followed by an extensive tour (around 100 shows) of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe, headlining the Thursday night at the Primavera Festival in Barcelona. After playing a concert in Nashville the duo was approached by Jack White, who requested them to record a single for his Third Man Records series. In February 2011 the duo collaborated with Bright Eyes during their performance of "Lua".

In January 2012 the band released their second album, The Lion's Roar, produced by Mike Mogis. The album was critically acclaimed upon release and went straight to No. 1 in Sweden on the week of release and No. 35 in the UK.

On April 16, 2012 the band performed "Emmylou" on Conan.

On August 3, 2012, the band performed at the Lollapalooza 2012 Festival. They also performed at Bestival on September 7, 2012 and the Berlin Festival on September 8, 2012, before returning to the United States to play Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 12, 2012.

First Aid Kit have performed twice at the Polar Music Prize. In 2011, they performed the song "Dancing Barefoot" for the winner Patti Smith and in 2012, they performed "America" for the winner Paul Simon. Their song "The Lion's Roar" was featured in episode 2 of series 4 of Misfits. "In the Hearts of Men" was featured in episode 21 of season 8 of Bones

In 2013, they were awarded the Nordic Music Prize for 2012.[2] On Oct.10th, 2013, the sisters opened for Rodriguez at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

Discography

Albums

Year Information Peak position
AUS AUT BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
DEN FIN NED NOR SWE SWI USA UK
2010 The Big Black & The Blue
  • Release date: 25 January 2010
  • Record label: Wichita
  • Producer: Benkt Söderberg
- - - - - - - - 30 - - -
2012 The Lion's Roar 36 55 30 88 14 19 41 3 1 76 65 35

EPs

Year Information Peak
position
SWE
2008 Drunken Trees
  • Release date: 9 April 2008
  • Record label: Wichita/Rabid
  • Producer: Benkt Söderberg, First Aid Kit

Singles

Year Single Peak
position
Album
NOR SWE
2009 "You're Not Coming Home Tonight"/"Tangerine" Drunken Trees
"Hard Believer"/"Waltz for Richard" The Big Black & the Blue
2010 "I Met Up with the King"
"Ghost Town" (7")
2011 "Universal Soldier" (7")
"The Lion's Roar" 22 The Lion's Roar
2012 "Emmylou" 20 24
"Blue"
"Wolf"

References

External links

  • AllMusic.com profile
  • Myspace Page
  • Guardian article on First Aid Kit
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