Friday, September 28, 2012

First Aid Kit's 5 Favorite Things Right Now

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

A rainy Friday in Brooklyn calls for a very specific kind of music. The vocal delicacy of Johanna and Klara Söderberg, the Swedish sisters behind First Aid Kit, wrapped in those earthy tones of theirs, hits the spot. If right this second you listen to them promise to "be your Emmylou or your June" on early 2012 single "Emmylou", it will make your day better. If their songs can bring Patti Smith to tears, who knows what they can do for you.

There's even more loveliness to come this weekend. The band will be stopping by Irving Plaza on Saturday and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, staking their claim in the millennial Fleet Foxes-Bon Iver craze with this year's record, The Lion's Roar. We checked in with Johanna and Klara on the road, as we've been known to do with bands on the road, to find out what five things have been helping them cope with the touring life.


1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Following the life of kick-ass Buffy Summers and her friends in Sunnydale is about the best thing ever. It makes us laugh, it makes us cry, and it makes us want to fight vampires.


2. Any Musical With Judy Garland in It

We love musicals. The Wizard of Oz was our first love, and I remember trying to imitate Judy Garland while singing "Over the Rainbow" to everyone I knew in my childhood days. There is just something about those old films, the colors and the lights, and the way they just break out in song. I wish life was always like that.

3. "I've Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash

There's just something about Johnny Cash—I don't think I've ever met someone who didn't like Johnny Cash. This song, where he states about a million places he's been to, is great. It always puts us in a good mood, and it inspires us. It's a pretty great song to listen to while on tour. Knowing that Johnny Cash has been to all of these places makes us want to follow his lead.

Not pictured: Johanna, Klara, their friends
  • Not pictured: Johanna, Klara, their friends

4. Friends

We're a pretty small little crew of people when we travel, and we're all really good friends. Having people to talk to and share things with is a pretty special thing. It makes all the difference.


5. GarageBand

I don't know how many (terrible) songs we've made on Johanna's iPad with GarageBand by now, but there are a lot. We've actually used it a lot to work on little song ideas we've had, making weird string arrangements and playing around with the drum machine. It's a fun way to do something different, and it's definitely a great way to make time fly by. We've also been working on our R&B side project...

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