First Aid Kit has shared a live version of “You are the Problem Here” ahead of International Women’s Day 2018 and to commemorate the one year anniversary of the song’s release. Watch their performance from The Rebel Hearts Club and read the Söderberg sisters’ interview with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls HERE.
“You are the Problem Here” is a powerful, direct statement against sexual misconduct and rape culture with proceeds donated to Women for Women International. Given the worldwide #MeToo movement and current landscape where women are speaking out against sexual harassment, the song is more pertinent now than ever. Consequence of Sound praises “You are the Problem Here” as a “fiery rebuke” and The Ringer calls it “a furious single with a fearsome Neil Young crunch and a snarling dual-vocal performance.”
First Aid Kit Says:
“You are the Problem Here” is a song that was written out of pure frustration and anger. We, as women, felt really sick of being afraid all the time. We wanted to ask the perpetrators of rape crimes why they commit such horrendous acts. Instead of putting the blame and shame on the victim, we wanted to put it back where it belongs. The song has been gaining more and more attention since its original release last year, especially with the #MeToo movement growing. It’s sad that it’s so relevant, but we’re glad to be talking about these issues and taking sexual assault seriously. We all need to keep the conversation going.
Playing “You are the Problem Here” live this past year has been a very powerful experience. We wanted to capture that live energy in a new recording.
We are donating all the proceeds from the song to Women for Women International. We think they’re doing such important and great work and want to support them in the fight towards making this world a better place for women. This is our little contribution.
DOWN WITH THE PATRIARCHY!
xx K & J
On Saturday, April 21 First Aid Kit will release a special 7” for Record Store Day, which will include the live and studio versions of “You are the Problem Here.” The band recently concluded their sold out North American headline tour where one of the many highlights was the nightly rendition of the song. Noisey reflects, “when [First Aid Kit] perform ‘You are the Problem Here,’ they pass on [a] strength to women in the room.”
First Aid Kit is currently on tour in Europe before returning to the US for Coachella next month. The band will be stateside again in June for Bonnaroo as well as select headline performances and a show at Red Rocks with Ryan Adams on June 14. See full US tour routing below and visit www.firstaidkitband.com for more information.
FIRST AID KIT ON TOUR:
04/14 Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/17 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory*
04/21 Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
06/08 Raleigh, NC North Carolina Museum of Art*
06/09 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival