Thursday, May 14, 2015

First Aid Kit: America + Stay Gold

Last week Swedish duo First Aid Kit did a superb cover version of Paul Simon's timeless song "America" on the David Letterman Show to great applause. In their native Stockholm in 2012 they performed the same tune at the Polar Music Prize award show with the composer himself sitting in the front row (next to his wife, fellow singer-songwriter Edie Brickell.) The whole thing must surely have been an almost surreal experience for Klara (born 1993) and Johanna (born 1990), but the Söderberg sisters handled it with grace and maturity beyond their years.

Their latest video, accompanying the excellent title track from their third full-length 'Stay Gold', was published last year, the same year the album was released.

An extensive European and North American summer tour kicks off on June 11 in Bergen, Norway; most of the dates are festival gigs, including Isle of Wight June 14, Roskilde July 4, Newport Folkfest July 26, and Central Park Summer Stage July 27, to mention a few of the prominent ones. As is usual for their live shows, Johanna (vocals/synth) and Klara (vocals/guitar) will be joined by Melvin Duffy (pedal steel guitar) and Scott Simpson (drums).