The sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg (aka First Aid Kit) arrived upon the stage of Mercury Lounge with matching cosmos patterned dresses. Johanna strummed the autoharp as the pair began their set with “New Year’s Eve”. Klara told the crowd that for the evening they would be joined by a Swedish videographer. The show would be taped for Swedish television.
As the drummer counts off in Swedish, the gals barreled into a new track “Blue” off their forthcoming album, The Lion’s Roar, produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk). Klara spoke to the technician in Swedish and a fan requested more of the Scandinavian tongue. Klara asked if anyone knew Swedish and a few “hej’s” were uttered. She graded us with a C in Swedish. Fair enough.
It was revealed that oldie, but goodie “Tangerine” was written by a young 14 year old Klara. From there, the gals treated the audience to a lovely acoustic version of “Ghost Town” sans mics. Fans joined in singing “And I found myself attached to this railroad track / But I’ll come back to you some day / To you /To you/ To you/ Some day”. The Söderberg sisters were truly touched by the impromptu sign along.
Though drawing mostly from their last album, The Black and The Blue, fans were introduced to new material including the sweet “Emmylou”. Their new album The Lion’s Roar hits stateside on January 24, 2012. In the meantime, they open for Lykke Li tomorrow in the Garden State and will be back in New York on March 28 at Webster Hall. They also served as backup singers for Lykke Li on David Letterman a few hours before their show tonight. They didn’t get to shake Dave’s hand unfortunately, but they will be soon enough.
New Year’s Eve
You’re Not Coming Home Tonight
In the Heart of Men
Our Own Pretty Ways
The Lion’s Roar
Waltz for Richard
I Met Up With The King