Bonnaroo Artist | First Aid Kit
Bonnaroo History | Newbie
Stage & Time | TBD
Just like last year and the year before, we’re making it our mission to help you get acquainted with as many bands as we can from Bonnaroo‘s impressive 2014 lineup. We’ll start from the bottom and work our way up, paying special attention to the smaller and lesser known acts on this year’s bill. Keep reading for your Bonnaroo Band of the Day…
Comprised of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, Swedish folk pop duo First Aid Kit have been on our radar since their hauntingly gorgeous 2010 debut, The Big Black and the Blue. At that time, the girls were still teenagers, and, previously, had found some moderate success from a Fleet Foxes cover they had posted to YouTube, which helped foster a debut EP. Over the past few years, the group have hit the ground running and have never slowed down. Among their impressive list of accomplishments is an association with Jack White and Third Man, a Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) produced sophomore effort, collaborations and tours with Conor Oberst, numerous television and music festival appearances, and much more. By the time their third album, Stay Gold (also produced by Mogis), arrives this summer, the gals, now 21 and 23, respectively, will practically be seasoned veterans, and more than deserve their big stage Bonnaroo debut.
Fusing traditional folk with indie rock, Americana, and pop music, with the occasional psychedelic or experimental impulse, it’s sometimes easy to forget First Aid Kit’s Scandinavian roots. But, though it’s overshadowed by their affinity for more Americanized folk, the influence of their upbringing is definitely there, and lends a uniqueness and depth that few other groups can claim. Their worldliness is especially present in their lyrical and thematic focus, propelling their universally relatable yet incredibly personal songs to amazing and engaging heights. Give First Aid Kit a listen below, and seriously consider adding them to your “to-Roo” list.
LISTEN | “My Silver Lining”
WATCH | “The Lion’s Roar” (Official Music Video)