Byron Bay Bluesfest

First Aid Kit

The ethereal sounds of First Aid Kit will ring out through Bluesfest in 2018.  Much has changed for the Söderberg sisters, otherwise known as First Aid Kit in the past six years. They had been earning a stellar reputation recording and performing as a teenaged duo in Sweden when their 2008 cover of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" started turning heads around the world, racking up millions of views on YouTube and earning them big-name fans in far off lands.
Mike Mogis [Bright Eyes/Monsters of Folk producer/member] produced their breakthrough LP, 'The Lion's Roar,' which debuted at #1 in Sweden and earned a swarm of critical praise around the world. Mojo called it "astonishing," Paste hailed it as "spectacular," and the BBC described it as "brilliant." Rolling Stone named "Emmylou," the sisters' love song dressed in classic country references, one of the Ten Best Singles of 2012, and raved that "you may not hear a more beautifully sung record this year." They performed at the iconic Newport Folk Festival, as well as Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, and opened for Rodriguez at Radio City Music Hall. "Emmylou" also earned them bookings on Conan and Letterman.
But not all change is good. Heartbreak, loneliness, and homesickness can ride the coattails of happiness and success. Sometimes we wish for change, for an escape, but it never comes. It's with an aching beauty and a wisdom well beyond their years (Johanna is 23, Klara 21) that First Aid Kit crystallizes those feelings on 'Stay Gold,' the most mature and ambitious record of their career that is due later in 2017.  
 For two sisters from the suburbs of Stockholm who now share a label with idols like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and regularly tour and record with some of the biggest names in modern folk and indie, real life may seem like a bit of a fantasy at the moment, but it's been a long, steady climb that's brought them here.  The future may always hold uncertainty, but for now, things are gold for First Aid Kit, and as they prepare to release the finest album of their career, tomorrow's only looking brighter. Bluesfest audiences will fall in love with their beautiful folk inspired harmonies. 



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