First Aid Kit @ Puregroove
Returning to London for only the second time, sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg aka First Aid Kit kicked off a handful of shows with a instore performance at Puregroove that feels as natural and grounded as if they lived here. They may only be young but they seem to take everything in their stride as they stood on the small stage in a east London record shop in front of a dozen or so people, who were eager to see if these teenagers were as good as their hype suggested.
I think the captivated silence that overtook the audience was evidence that they were, to be honest it even felt like the noise from the road outside got quieter as the two young ladies played their hearts out and drew us into their world of softly strummed guitars and beautiful harmonies.
The songs they played from their debut EP Drunken Trees seemed effortless. You're Not Coming Home Tonight with its soulful chorus and strummed autoharp, which made a wonderfully traditional sound. Jagadamba, You Might was played with a wry smile as they sang the weird "jagadaga" vocal parts and fan favourite Tangerine. They even played a new track called something like "Sailor Song" which showed that even with their young heads, they are already exploring new musical paths.
Their cover of Fleet Foxes' Tiger Mountain Peasant Song, which was the first time I (and probably many others) noticed these two, was as encapsulating and gorgeous as on that youtube video. They ended on a sweep of keyboards keys which showed that even though they're said to be world-weary at a young age they still have that teenage energy, optimism and fun and I hope they never lose that.
First Aid Kit - You're Not Coming Home Tonight
Buy Drunken Trees ep from Wichita Records