Monday, March 9, 2015

First Aid Kit have been taking the world by storm since 2008. The sister-duo from Sweden have now established themselves as the darlings of the indie-pop genre. 

They open the night with ‘The Lion’s Roar’ from their same titled second album. Before they spoke a single word, they received the upmost attention from all the eyes inside Palais Theatre. Johanna and Klara Söderberg prove that it isn’t pyrotechnics and special effects that are required to capture the eyes of an audience - powerful harmonious singing will equally do the job.

Their sounds may be sombre and mellow, but as it states in their track Silver Lining, ‘something good comes with the bad / a song’s never sad / there’s hopes, there’s a silver lining.’ This is the best way First Aid Kit’s music can be described - the themes are downcast, but there is something deep within each track that ignites you. This was further reaffirmed by their stage presence.

Don’t think for one second their performance was all serious - they had a bit of fun too. Because the performance fell on a Friday, they played homage to Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’. The sisters joke around it being a classic. It was a lighthearted moment that caused laughter around the theatre.

A set highlight was ‘Master Pretender’ from their latest release Stay Gold. This track provided a moment of chirpiness to the setlist and enabled attendees to have a moment to groove in their seats. Another brilliant moment was when they played ‘Ghost Town’. This gave them time to strip back without the assistance of their backing band and microphones with just their voices and an acoustic guitar. Never have I seen this happen before where an artist or band will abandon their microphones and just sing. It was captivating to watch them take hold of the audience without the aid of microphones. The audience sat quietly in awe of the rawness of the moment. 

After playing a set exhibiting endless soul, they returned for an encore of old favourite ’Emmylou’. The closing song was just like the rest of the set - spine-tingling. In perfect harmony, the sisters show their love to iconic country music partnerships, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and June Carter and Johnny Cash.

They left the crowd mesmormized from beginning to end. I can’t think of a duo today who exhibit the magnetic energy that First Aid Kid possess. Even though I felt disappointed that the show had come to an end, i’m excited with the memories it left me with. They’ve provided attendees with a night they will never forget.  

Written by Amy Smolcic

Photographer - Perri Cassie