First Aid Kit (band)

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First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit (Frankfurt am Main, 18.02.2012).jpg
First Aid Kit (Frankfurt am Main, February 18, 2012)
Background information
Origin Sweden
Genres
Years active 2007–present
Labels
Website thisisfirstaidkit.com
Members
  • Johanna Söderberg
  • Klara Söderberg
Johanna Söderberg (left) and Klara Söderberg in Wiesbaden in 2009

First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo composed of sisters Johanna (born October 31, 1990) and Klara Söderberg (born January 8, 1993). Their vocal harmonies and 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[edit]

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.

Emmylou was chosen by Rolling Stone as the magazine's #10 'Single of the Year' in 2012.[2]

In January 2013 they toured in Europe with Conor Oberst. The duo was singing backing vocals during the set of Oberst and he was singing with the girls in some songs of their set.

In February 14, 2013, they were awarded the Nordic Music Prize for the best Nordic album in 2012.[3][4]

In February 20, 2013, they were awarded four Swedish Grammis awards for 2012 Artist Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year, Best Pop Of The Year and Album Of The Year.[5][6]

On June 30, 2013 they performed at Glastonbury festival in the Pyramid stage.

On October 1, 2013, the band performed "Emmylou" on Late Show with David Letterman.[7] This was actually their second appearance in the Letterman show as they had backed up Lykke Li there on November 16, 2011.

On October 10, 2013, the sisters opened for Rodriguez at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.[8]

Alltogether in 2013 they performed in about 30 concerts and 10 festivals.

In a recent interview Conor Oberst said that he is currently finishing work on a solo record, with First Aid Kit singing harmonies throughout the LP.[9] The new album will be titled Upside Down Mountain and will be released on May 20, 2014[10]

First Aid Kit's 8th US and Canada tour, of which some of the concerts were already sold out in the beginning of March, starts in May. Also several other concert and festival dates for 2014 have already been fixed.[11]

Following the announcement of their third studio album Stay Gold that will be released on June 10, 2014, through Columbia Records,[12] the band released their first single "My Silver Lining" on the 31st of March.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Information Peak position
AUS AUT BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
DEN FIN NED NOR SWE SWI USA UK
2010 The Big Black & The Blue - - - - - - - - 30 - - -
2012 The Lion's Roar 36 55 30 88 14 19 41 3 1 76 65 35
2014 Stay Gold

EPs[edit]

Year Information Peak
position
SWE
2008 Drunken Trees

Singles[edit]

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"
2014 "My Silver Lining" Stay Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fleet Foxes - Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Cover)". Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone Music: 50 Best Songs of 2012: First Aid Kit, 'Emmylou'". Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nordic Music Prize". Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Søstrene vant nordisk albumpris". Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "First Aid Kit Win 4 Grammis!". Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Grammis 2013". Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "IMDb". Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Radio City Music Hall". Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone Online January 31, 2014: Conor Oberst's New Morning: Bright Eyes Hits Nashville for Solo LP". Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Conor Oberst announces new album Upside Down Mountain and tour". Pitchfork.com. February 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sony Press Release February 25, 2014: Swedish Duo First Aid Kit Unveils North American Spring Tour". Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Columbia Records twitter on March 31, 2014". Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  13. ^ "My Silver Lining Single". Retrieved March 31, 2014. 

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