98.1 The River presents First Aid Kit
September 14, 2018
Doors Open: 5:30 PM
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 11, 2018 12:00 PM to September 14, 2018 12:00 AM
There's a line in the title track of Ruins that is the most direct the Söderberg sisters have ever been. “I
lost you, didn't I?” asks Klara Söderberg. “But first I think I lost myself.” The whole album will take you
back to the first time your veins were squeezed to the point of suffocation by that first heartache – the
one that left you anchorless, questioning your purpose, your world, yourself.
Klara, the younger sister to her sparring partner Johanna, isn't sure that she knows when she's written
one of those lines. It's the facts that pour out of her. “Life just happened and it dictated what the record
was about,” she says. “Most of it is the aftermath of a relationship ending, where to go from there,
figuring out who you are after that happens. It's a documentary, and it's quite sad.” Johanna, however,
does know. She acts as the executive producer to Klara's ideas, identifying the golden moments,
telling her which to pursue and how to make them sing. “Johanna puts it all together,” explains Klara.
“She knows that it's good but it needs something else. I'll argue that it doesn't. Then we'll do it, it'll
sound perfect and I'm like, 'Oh fuck it's true – it is better now.'”
“Rebel Heart” – the album’s opener – documents a love doomed from the start. “It's A Shame” – the
lead single – is a plea to live in the moment because everyone disposes of each other eventually. On
“Postcard” and “To Live A Life,” you feel the breath-stealing weight of despair when a shattered love
leaves you bereft of hope. “Fireworks” introverts the blame with self-loathing. Overall, it's a nod to the
traditions of the classic folk rock sound, a sound First Aid Kit have revived via their breakthrough
album Stay Gold (2014) and previous Wichita releases The Big Black And The Blue (2010) and The
Lion's Roar (2012). The difference is that this time they've lived. The results are intense. No longer in
thrall to their forebears, they now channel the hurt and longing felt in their heroes' works – Gram
Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Johnny and June. Long gone are the days of covering Fleet Foxes and
singing fairytales, of leaving school to pursue music, emerging in flannel from tall tree’d forests. Here
is First Aid Kit as you've never heard them before: wounded and biting back hard.
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