April 15th, 2012, 6:44 pm · · posted by GUEST
The past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about word of mouth-not just which bands/artists have the most buzz/hype surrounding them going into this weekend, but also about who’s going to benefit the most next weekend from positive talk about their weekend 1 performances.
One of the bands with the most ink in the weeks leading up to Coachella was undoubtedly First Aid Kit, two sisters from a Stockholm suburb that are poised to be the Scandinavian nation’s biggest export since Lisbeth Salander. In knee-length paisley dresses, Joanna and Klara Soderberg (with a male drummer not in a knee-length paisley dress) played to a full Mojave tent on Sunday, and even though half the attendees sat on the dusty grass, the sisters’ blend of folk and country was extremely well received.
Consisting mostly of songs from their 2012 LP The Lion’s Roar (and a cover of fellow Swede Fever Ray’s “When I Grow Up,” First Aid Kit’s down-home instrumentation (piano, acoustic guitar, drums) and airtight harmonies shone through most notably on the set closer “King of the World” and “Emmylou,” a tribute to country’s bygone days of Johnny and June and Gram and Emmylou.
“We love the desert,” Joanna enthused as she introduced “Emmylou.” (The song’s accompanying video was authentically shot in Joshua Tree). Don’t be surprised if the desert loves them back next Sunday as the word of mouth spreads.
By Kevin Flinn for The Orange County Register.