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First Aid Kit

Posted: 13 Feb 2015

Newcastle City Hall

20 January

Nominated this month for a Brit Award in the International Group category, First Aid Kit are a Swedish duo who play folk-rock based around sweet harmonies that Simon & Garfunkel would be proud of. Indeed they sing a version of Simon’s ‘America’ here, having explained how nervous they’d been singing it in front of him when he was honoured with The Polar Music Prize in 2012 – the same year First Aid Kit’s song ‘Emmylou’ was named in the top 10 songs of the year by Rolling Stone magazine.

The City Hall was packed by an audience thrilled to be there to see a band very much on the up and destined for more and more success.  Songs from their new album ‘Stay Gold’ were interspersed with highlights from their breakthrough second record ‘The Lion’s Roar’ with ‘To a Poet’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Emmylou’ amongst the evening’s many highlights.

Sisters Joanna and Klara Soderberg clearly enjoyed the evening as much as the audience, the 24- and 22-year-olds having already produced some superb material.

It’s refreshing to see young musicians carrying the torch for music where influences, in addition to Simon & Garfunkel, are clearly the likes of The Mamas and the Papas, Klara at times sounding very like Mama Cass – and that is praise indeed.

 

Barbara Mason

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