The folk roar of First Aid Kit

By HILARY HUGHES  |  September 25, 2012


Nevermind the impending apocalypse — 2012 has brought nothing but new beginnings for Swedish folk sister-duo First Aid Kit. Johanna and Klara Söderberg released The Lion's Roar (Wichita), their official US debut, in January, and by summer they were harmonizing alongside Conor Oberst at the Newport Folk Festival. Now they've just embarked on a tour that will last through New Year's Eve and take them from Chicago to Helsinki to Australia's Great Ocean Road.

The album's title track has been the catalyst to First Aid Kit's banner year — but the sisters are ready for their next pursuit. " 'The Lion's Roar' is a defining song for us," says Klara. "We were tapping into something darker than what we've done before, and it's a song we've probably played a thousand times live. We had our honeymoon period with the record, but we had to move on from that and make something better and different."

Adds Johanna: "The craziest thing is, we keep meeting our idols — Patti Smith, Jack White, Paul Simon. Their approval hasn't made us more cocky, but confident. We just know more of what we want to do musically, and I think we'll take away a lot from our experiences on the road." First Aid Kit's victory lap of never-ending tour dates will spill over into 2013 as well, meaning the Söderberg sisters should have an even bigger year on the horizon.

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