Swedish duo First Aid Kit—sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg—have returned with their fantastic new single “It’s A Shame,” which premiered today as a First Play on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio. Recorded in early 2017 and produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Laura Veirs) in Portland, OR, “It’s A Shame” is a plea to live in the moment, because everyone disposes of each other eventually.
Klara and Johanna explain: We went to Los Angeles last spring and spent five weeks there writing. It was a tough time for the both of us. We were in this beautiful sunny place, but mostly felt sad and lonely. “It’s a Shame” is a song about the emptiness and desperation you feel after a relationship has come to an end. How you will go to great lengths just to numb the pain and feel less lonely.
To celebrate the release of “It’s A Shame,” First Aid Kit will return to the U.S. next week, with live performances scheduled in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, in addition to multiple performances in Austin as part of Austin City Limits Music Festival. See below for all dates.
“It’s A Shame” follows the band’s Columbia Records debut Stay Gold, a lush and ambitious 10-song collection that beautifully captures their vivid storytelling, landing First Aid Kit countless “Best of 2014” accolades. Earlier this spring, the duo also released a stand-alone single on International Women’s Day entitled “You Are The Problem Here.”
Hailing from a southern suburb of Stockholm, Klara and Johanna began composing songs as teenagers in 2007. The sisters released two studio albums with Wichita Records—The Big Black And The Blue in 2010 and The Lion’s Roar in 2012, featuring stand-out single “Emmylou,” which prompted Rolling Stone to name the song one of its “10 Best Singles of 2012,” saying “you may not hear a more beautifully sung record this year.”
FIRST AID KIT ON TOUR:
10/6 San Francisco, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10/8 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/12 Los Angeles, CA Theatre at Ace Hotel w/ Van William
10/14 Austin, TX Stubbs (ACL Side Show w/ Jade Bird)
10/15 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/18 New York, NY Town Hall w/ J.S. Ondara