Live Review: First Aid Kit – Town Hall, NYC

Klara and Johanna Söderberg are the genius sister indie-folk duo more famously known as First Aid Kit. Recently they passed through New York City and performed a powerhouse set list in front of a sold out Town Hall audience.

To open the show the girls performed Wolf, one of the bonus tracks from their second full-length album The Lion’s Roar. The song gains it’s captivating power from the mysterious and memorable minor chord progression. Next was a beautiful and heart felt rendition of Master Pretender the second song off of their third length album Stay Gold. There’s something about the curious optimism in the voices of the sisters on this song that keeps you floored the entire time.

Waitress Song, track seven on Stay Gold, was next and it continued to bait the rhythm of all dancers in the isles of the theater. This song is an extra special hit in their catalog and it was definitely one of the set highlights. The fourth song of the night was a new song called Fireworks and it will be released on their fourth full length album Ruins this January.

Next the girls sang a powerful, memorable version of Shattered & Hollow, taken from Stay Gold. It’s the upbeat, rocking sensation of the chorus on this track that perfectly displays the prolific inspirational vibes that First Aid Kit give off at a live concert. Afterwards, they segued into the title track from their second full length album The Lion’s Roar. The waltz tempo on this song captures the rhythm of all audience members who are sucked in by ever strum the Söderberg sisters have to offer.

You are the Problem Here followed, a very emotional and political song that was released earlier this year in honor of International Women’s Day. Following this song came another new track in the form of Postcard which is slated as track four on the upcoming album.

King Of The World was the absolute set highlight, and the First Aid Kit song that continues to shine as one of the catchier, memorable tunes. It’s A Shame, the lead single from the upcoming album, followed with its signature First Aid Kit sound and vivid display of powerful songwriting.

As the set winded down the audience still raged on as Klara and Johanna continued to showcase their powerhouse, indie rock star presence. A streak of fan favorite hits such as Stay Gold and Emmylou closed out a completely outstanding set. For the encore the girls came back on stage to perform a rocking version of Ghost Town and afterwards, treated the audience to their cover of Behind That Locked Door by George Harrison. I was floored by this cover song choice because it fits their style in the most perfect way.

The final song of the night was My Silver Lining, which was a perfect track to close the night out on since the girls have far surpassed a silver lining and have what it takes to achieve the richest gold.

Scott J. Herman