Words by: Nadya Domingo | Photos by: Nim Mendoza –
“We want to try to do this song right here, without microphones,” Klara Söderberg said to the audience. Klara and her sister Johanna Söderberg stood on the edge of the stage and looked wide-eyed at the audience from beneath their heavy hair.
“I just want see you!” Klara yelled, squinting at the fans sitting in the balcony of the Danforth Music Hall last night. “Can you hear us? Okay good.”
This was the most emotional point of First Aid Kit’s performance. As they sang “Ghost Town,” audience members wiped tears from their eyes and others sang along in a soft, sweet whisper.
Hearing First Aid Kit live is almost indescribable. Their long, Bohemian style dresses wisped around their ankles as the duo from Sweden walked on stage. Johanna looked to her sister before making a sound, as her fingers lightly touched her keyboard. The sisters stood tall over the audience and started off the evening with “In the Morning.”
First Aid Kit seamlessly weaved their way through performances of beloved classics, like “Hard Believer,” and new wonders from their 2012 album The Lion’s Roar. The duo was so obviously invested into each song – every line, every note, and every word had significance to the evening.
“This is for Pussy Riot,” Klara said, dedicating “In Our Own Pretty Ways” to the Russian punk band who have been jailed for protesting in a cathedral. The sisters yelled at points during the song, stressing the words, “someone DARES to demonstrate.” Klara and Johanna swayed with their instruments in hand, while some members of the audience linked arms and danced together.
The band did an amazing job at lifting the spirits of the crowd after what could have been one of the most upsetting opening acts. Dylan Leblanc left the crowd in confusion – why was a guy like this opening for First Aid Kit? Leblanc’s voice seemed unique at first, but his whiny songs resulted in groans from the audience. His likability kept getting worse as he made borderline-racist comments about his “gangsta” friends.
The Söderberg sisters have this way of performing their songs in such a way that it’s so delicate, it will mend your soul. Johanna thrashed her hair and jumped up and down at her keyboard during their performance of “Lion’s Roar,” the last song of the evening.
The best part of a First Aid Kit show is seeing the sisters having fun is what got the crowd moving too. It’s moments like these that you just can’t believe when listening to a First Aid Kit album – the sisters are so angelic and careful in the ways that they sing. It’s hard to believe that such a dreamy and perfect performance could exist. But then again, maybe we are hard believers.