First Aid Kit Stawamus Stage, Squamish BC, August 9
Published Aug 10, 2015With a gold sheet covering the back of the stage and a banner for their 2014 album Stay Gold on top of it, First Aid Kit concluded a lengthy North American tour on a high with their set at Squamish. Aided by Melvin "Tiger" Duffy on pedal steel, mandolin and electric guitar, and Scott Simpson on drums, the country-tinged folk act centered on Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, for obvious reasons.
For a start, their set showed that the Söderbergs are natural performers. They produced strong, beautiful harmonies together, their genetically compatible voices rarely heard apart. Eating up the stage with smaller moments, the sisters jumped in unison for a few seconds on "The Lion's Roar" and put their heads together during the outro for "Master Pretender," a song they said was about how life can be pretty darn shitty sometimes.
Marcus Mumford from the headlining Mumford & Sons joined First Aid Kit near the end of their set, but the biggest surprise had to be their cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." One wouldn't think it possible for an unassuming Swedish folk group to manage a no-shit epic cover of one of Sabbath's most badass tracks, but they sure as hell did.