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First Aid Kit Bio

Jan 10, 2011

First Aid Kit, composed of Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, started gaining popularity a few years ago by posting their soulful folk renditions of popular and underground songs on YouTube, now they’re all set to release their second studio album and tour again.

Swede Dreams

Sisters Johanna and Klara grew up in a suburb outside of Stockholm called Enskede, and were first inspired to make music by listening to pop music like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera but soon turned to more folksy-influenced music like Bob Dylan when they started learning guitar and creating their own melodies.

Internet Sensation

In 2007, at the ages of 14 and 17, they had started posting their nature-infused songs on YouTube along with covers they did of bigger bands, often playing and recording in nearby woods. Their cover of Indie rock band Fleet Foxes “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” brought them rapid recognition from critics and music-lovers around the world!

By summer 2007 these talented teens vocals had already graced Swedish airways with their home-recorded song “Tangerine” and been signed to Swedish electronic band The Knife’s record label Rabbid Records and recorded the EP “Drunken Trees.” In 2008 the Soderburg sisters toured Europe, the U.K. and the U.S.

Recording for Real

No more home-recordings for this sister duo! Even though they had to balance homework with recording sessions at the start of 2010 First Aid Kit released a full-length album,“The Big Black and Blue.”

But these girls aren’t ready to stop yet, if you love their haunting folk sound you’ll probably be excited to hear that they are set to release another two albums in 2011, “Dungen” is the first to come out with a self-titled album hot on its heels.

Fun Facts

  • First Aid Kit’s music is often compared to old school American songstresses like Joan Baez
  • The sisters enjoy snowball fights!
  • First Aid Kit are not just talented at music, they also design their own album art
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