Klara and Johanna Söderberg have been gathering fans apace throughout 2009 since the release of their ‘Drunken Trees’ EP (originally released on The Knife’s Rabid label and picked up in the UK by Wichita Recordings). This has shown no sign of slowing over the busy pan-Euro festival season with audiences falling at their feet, enraptured by their shimmering yet explosive voices and wise-beyond-their-years, country-tinged pop.
Noted for their astonishing interpretations of other artist’s material, First Aid Kit are now unveiling some remarkable songs of their own. The first flourishes can be heard on the ‘Hard Believer’ single due out on 5th October to coincide with their support tour with Slow Club and joint headline tour with Fanfarlo. A masterly assured step forwards, it could even act as an alternative clarion call with the rousingly urgent line: “And it’s one life and it’s this life and it’s beautiful”.
Also this summer, following on from the YouTube phenomenon surrounding their cover of Fleet Foxes "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" (currently at over 750,000 views), Klara and Johanna are getting their video camera out again and requesting ideas and suggestions on songs that you’d like them to cover. By contacting them through Twitterat @faksessions, the girls will then make a track selection and film themselves singing and playing in various locations around their town. If it is anything like their first session - a revamped version of ‘Universal Soldier’ by Buffy-Sainte Marie - we are all in for bountiful surprises...
If you missed their glorious appearances at Glastonbury, Field Day, Underage Festival & Standon Calling, you can catch First Aid Kit complete their UK festival run at End of the Road Festival on Saturday 12th September.
Their forthcoming debut album is due out in early 2010.
12 - End of the Road Festival
15 - Exeter Cavern Club w/ Slow Club
16 - Southampton Joiners w/ Slow Club
17 - Cardiff Barfly w/ Slow Club
18 - Maidstone The Loft w/ Slow Club
19 - Gloucester Guildhall w/ Slow Club
22 - Northampton Roadmender w/ Slow Club
23 - Sheffield Plug w/ Slow Club
24 - London Scala w/ Slow Club
28 - Manchester Deaf Institute w/ Fanfarlo
29 - York Fibbers w/ Fanfarlo
01 - Glasgow ABC 2 w/ Fanfarlo
02 - Middlesbrough Westgarth w/ Fanfarlo
03 - Nottingham Bodega w/ Fanfarlo
05 - Oxford Jericho Tavern w/ Fanfarlo
06 - London Bush Hall w/ Fanfarlo
07 - Brighton Hanbury Ballroom w/ Fanfarlo
08 - Cardiff Iforbach w/ Fanfarlo
09 - Leeds Brudenell Social Club w/ Fanfarlo