We Had The British Invasion; Here’s The Swedish Invasion!
I have been a fan of First Aid Kit, a duo composed of Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, from the time I first heard them over two years ago.
As soon as their headlining show at The Paradise Rock Club was announced, I knew I would be in the audience.
I saw Johanna and Klara sing with Conor Oberst at the Newport Folk Festival in 2012 and loved their harmonies so I looked forward to seeing them perform their own music.
As soon as they took the stage, the crowd became rapt. I expected that the audience would be full of young men since Johanna and Klara are beautiful young women, but I’d venture a guess that there were many more women than men.
Johanna plays keyboard while Klara plays guitar; Klara does much of the lead singing. In addition, they have a drummer and a pedal steel/mandolin/guitar player who perform with them (sorry, I didn’t catch their names).
Their style in indie-folk mainly, but there’s some country influence as well as some psychedelic pop. One of their best-known songs is ‘Emmylou’ which they sang as the last song of the encore; this is an homage to Emmylou Harris, June Carter Cash, Gram Parsons, and Johnny Cash. It’s a beautiful song that I was glad was included in the setlist.
They included a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘One More Cup of Coffee’ as well as Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘America’. The latter was done beautifully with haunting harmonies.
They are touring in support of the new album ‘Stay Gold’ which was released a couple of days after this show. There were a number of songs from the new album in the setlist as well as much-loved songs from their previous album, ‘The Lion’s Roar’.
One thing I appreciated is that they seem interested only in performing well without titillating the crowd. Even Johanna’s mane-tossing did not feel intended to excite.
I thoroughly enjoyed their set; unfortunately, it was a little short and left me wanting more.
Willy Mason, a wonderful singer-songwriter who I saw perform about 18 months ago, opened the show with a lovely set.
Willy has a style that’s mostly folk-blues, although there’s some country in there.
About two-thirds of the way through the set, Willy brought his mother, Jemima James, to the stage to sign a few songs with him. The first song they sang together was a song she wrote while the other were written by Willy.
All in all, it was a fine evening of folk-y music and a perfect way to end a weekend!
Posted on June 13, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged boston, concert review, First Aid Kit, indie folk music, Jemima James, Johanna Soderberg, Klara Soderberg, music, Paradise Rock Club, Willy Mason. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.