Photo by Kirk Stauffer
First Aid Kit played their second sold-out Seattle show of 2018, this time at the Paramount Theatre. Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg had performed first at the Moore Theater in January. Their tours have supported two recent releases, Ruins andTender Offerings.
The Söderbergs’ folk-inspired harmonies soared above a talented band of drums, pedal steel guitar, keys, and a bit of trombone. Tour videos, old family photos, and celestial visuals danced in the background. Highlights included their early hit “The Lion’s Roar,” “Emmylou” performed as an audience sing-along, and a passionate and timely stand against rape culture with “You Are the Problem.” First Aid Kit brought up Australian vocalist–guitarist Julia Jacklin to “be our Dolly [Parton]” for a trio version of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush.”
Jacklin began the evening with a short-but-sweet solo set. This was also her second show in Seattle this year, opening for Calexico at the Neptune Theatre in June.