Sweet songs of Swedish sistersFirst Aid Kit dazzles Asheville fans
ASHEVILLE — First Aid Kit didn’t have to try very hard to charm the Orange Peel crowd during their Oct. 3 show. The sisters’ sweet harmonies had already attracted an Asheville following during their performance last year as the opening act for fellow Swede Lykke Li. This time around, the spotlight was all theirs, a position that suited them perfectly.
The Soderberg sisters, Klara and Johanna, started their set off behind the scenes, creating what resembled sirens’ echoes before taking the stage to kick off their opening song, "In the Morning" from their previous album, "The Big Black and the Blue."
Although Klara and Johanna are best known for their tranquil, ethereal melodies, they brought incredible energy to the stage — jumping, swaying, swinging their hair, and indeed smiling the entire set. As the show continued, the sisters changed tempo, abandoned their microphones, and stepped to the front of the stage to perform their next song, "Ghost Town," unplugged. The haunting melody and nostalgic lyrics transformed the once boisterous audience to a whispering nocturne, leaving them wondering if they’d just been transported to a coffee shop on open mic night.
It was not difficult to watch these two perform, as the sisters (with their trusty drummer whom they called “a true Viking of the north”) took the stage with confidence singing old favorites and new tracks, including “The Lions Roar,” a gritty tune from their newest album by the same name, as well as a rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s "America."
The essence of First Aid Kit’s performance almost resembled a play; with the lights blacking out at the end of each song, and then reappearing vibrant and blue. They even took a final bow, and warmly invited everyone to come meet them after the show. There’s no doubt, the next time First Aid Kit plays Asheville they’ll bring in an even bigger crowd.