First Aid Kit – Splendour In The Grass Festival – July 27, 2014 – Triple J-Radio Australia –
First Aid Kit to end out the working week – Recorded live at the 2014 Splendour In The Grass Festival, North Byron Parklands – July 27, 2014 by Triple J-Radio.
Sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg are from Enskede, in Stockholm. Johanna was born on 31 October 1990 and Klara on 8 January 1993. Their father was a member of the Swedish rock pop band Lolita Pop but quit before Johanna was born and became a teacher of history and religion.[ Their mother is a teacher of cinematography.
In 2005, when Klara was 12, a friend introduced her to the band Bright Eyes. This led her to country and folk music stars such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Carter family, Louvin Brothers, Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. The same year, she received a guitar as a Christmas present and quickly learned to play it.
Johanna enjoyed a wide range of music, from Britney Spears to German techno. But it wasn’t until she saw the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and listened to its soundtrack that she was inspired to sing “Down in the River to Pray” with Klara. Fascinated by the result, the two began to sing together, first at home and then as street singers in the Stockholm metro and in front of liquor stores. Klara preemptively came up with the name for their band at age 13 by looking through a dictionary. She found the term “first aid kit” and thought it best described what she wanted her music to be.
Klara and Johanna also started to write and compose their own country-folk songs inspired by Devendra Banhart and CocoRosie, among others, without much influence from their parents, who were fonder of Patti Smith, Velvet Underground and the Pixies. Their father has said that he was astonished and actually a little jealous of the ease his daughters had in producing top-notch music. The most important advice their father gave them was to sing so loud that even somebody behind a wall could hear it.
On 13 January 2020 Johanna announced that she is expecting a baby in summer. A baby girl was born on 18 June. On 16 January Klara announced that she will start a country club in Stockholm with a house band. The first event was on 21 February. During spring 2020 First Aid Kit streamed live concerts from Johanna’s home as well.
On 14 August 2020 cover version of Willie Nelson’s song On the Road Again was released as a single. Proceeds from the song sales are donated to Crew Nation in order to support the members of crew who have been forced off the road and out of work due to COVID-19 pandemic. On 25 September two cover versions of Ted Gärdestad’s Come Give Me Love song were released. One has original Swedish lyrics and the other English lyrics, translated by First Aid Kit. In 2021 they have performed in some Swedish TV-programs. On 26 March 2021 20 track Who By Fire live album from March 2017 Leonard Cohen tribute concerts was released.
First Aid Kit are singing as treetaur shamans Little Tree and Big Tree in both the original English version and Swedish version of episode 4 of Centaurworld Netflix series.
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