Last week, I got the chance to see Klara and Johanna Soderberg, the sisters that make up First Aid Kit, return to The Orange Peel, and this time First Aid Kit were headlining in support of their 2012 album, The Lion’s Roar and First Aid Kit had prepared for us a hefty setlist of fifteen songs.
The crowd wasn’t terribly large this night, but the small, intimate crowd knew the words to every song. First Aid Kit opened up with “In the Morning” off their 2010 release, The Big Black and Blue. For a folk band, First Aid Kit commanded the stage, and were full of energy. First Aid Kit's show was visually compared to what one would expect to see during a rock show. Johanna would end songs by banging aggressively on her keyboard, almost pulling it down onto the ground.
When the set came around to “Ghost Town,” First Aid Kit decided to perform without microphones. They came to the edge of the stage with just Klara’s acoustic guitar. The room was still and silent except for the words “and I found myself attached to this railroad track but I'll come back to you someday” echoing throughout the venue.
First Aid Kit is most known for their song off The Lion’s Roar called “Emmylou.” It was obviously that the majority of the crowd was waiting specifically to hear this song. The lyrics, “I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June, if you’ll be my Gram and my Johnny too” were not foreign to any mouth in venue. First Aid Kit continued their show with more songs filled with the beautiful harmonies they are known for.
I found myself enjoying First Aid Kit's show so much that it hardly felt like thirteen songs had gone by when Klara and Johanna were ready to leave the stage. The crowd stomped their feet and cheered, bringing the sisters back for two encore songs. One of the encore songs was a cover of Paul Simon’s “America,” where their opening act Dylan LeBlanc (who I don’t have any raving reviews about) joined them on the stage.
At the end of the night, Klara and Johanna stayed in the venue, signing things for almost the entire crowd! If you have the chance, go out an see First Aid Kit as they finish up their American tour this month before they head straight into a European tour.