First Aid Kit Kick Off Fall Tour With Gilded Show In New York City
First Aid Kit shined on the stage of the Hammerstein Ballroom last night (Oct. 24) with a show that was covered in gold.
From the elaborate light displays to the ladies' vintage outfit choices -- Johanna looking a little '60s while and Klara was rocking the '70s -- the Söderberg sisters brought their folk sounds to New York City and left the crowd begging for more.
Playing songs from their latest album, 'Stay Gold,' the Swedish band invited a special guest to add another dynamic to their sound -- the Parlour Quartet provided the classical string layers that are strewn throughout their new LP. But even with the new layer in their music, it didn't affect the way they rocked the stage. Head banging and hair flipping as hard as you'd see at a heavy metal concert, Johanna and Klara performed with an ease and confidence that seasoned musicians should be jealous of.
However, they did admit that the only time they get nervous is that moment between songs. "I don't like silence between songs so I do cheese jokes," Johanna said as she started to throw out some of her best material, which garnered chuckles throughout the crowd.
First Aid Kit also don't really like to be plugged in so much. "We don't like to sing songs with microphones," Johanna later said before walking to the edge of the stage with her sister to perform 'Ghost Town.'
Those who were brave enough to add their own voices to the mix joined in on the acoustic version of the track, but most of the fans were mystified to hear First Aid Kit sing without a microphone and fill the venue with their voices.
And all off a sudden, the massiveness of the Hammerstein Ballroom felt like an intimate club.
That wasn't the only surprise they had up their sleeves. First Aid Kit also covered Jack White, who they wanted to pay tribute to after their great session with the artist on a recent trip to Nashville. The cover started with the White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army,' but then Klara stopped mid-verse and said that they weren't supposed to do that one. So instead, they performed 'Love Interruption,' which felt more like their speed.
The 12-song set and four-track encore entranced everyone in the crowd. However, nothing grabbed us more the last song of the night, 'Emmylou.' As they sang about being Emmylou Harris and June Carter to Gram Parsons and Johnny Cash, it felt like First Aid Kit embodied these women and carried on their musical tradition and legacy.
Opening the night was Oklahoma's premier singer-songwriter, 28-year-old Samantha Crain. With her beautiful folk rock, she provided the absolute best introduction for First Aid Kit.
Check out our exclusive photos -- and First Aid Kit's setlist -- below:
First Aid Kit -- New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom
First Aid Kit -- Setlist, Oct. 24, 2014
'King of the World'
'In the Hearts of Men'
'Shattered & Hollow'
'My Silver Lining'
'Seven Nation Army' / 'Love Interruption' (Jack White cover)
'Love Like That Again'
'A Long Time Ago'