Review by Georgia Corpe
Photos by Bobby Rein
Swedish sisters First Aid Kit returned to Australia playing a handful of headline shows in some of the countries finest theatres after their appearance at Golden Plains Festival. Bear Family were delighted to be able to watch the folk duo at Brisbane’s The Tivoli.
The Other Guys: Luluc
Australian folk duo Luluc started off the evenings show with their captivating and immensely melancholic sound. Luluc’s music is certainly different and unlike any other Australian folk band out there, drawing comparisons with that of Susan Vega with Zoe’s beautifully deep voice, they were definitely a refreshing change to the usual pop-folk. Their setup is quite simple, Steve plays an echoing and haunting electric guitar over the top of Zoe’s rhythm usually played on a Spanish nylon to compliment her voice.
The setting however, may not have been the best environment for Luluc, struggling to be heard over the chatty punters at The Tivoli. This was the same downfall when supporting their New York besties The National on their Australian tour last year. If you ever have the opportunity to see Luluc in an intimate setting, we here at the Bear Family would be very jealous! No doubt you will hear more from Luluc in the near future.
First Aid Kit
Sweden’s loveable duo First Aid Kit promptly came out on stage opening with the ever-appropriate opener “The Lion’s Roar” and moving onto “Stay Gold” the title track from their 2014 release. These two openers set the tone for the evening’s setlist, with the sisters performing a seemingly balanced set with songs from both their 2012 release “The Lion’s Roar” and of course their recent release. Crowd favourites included the band’s singles “My Silver Lining” and “Wolf” as well as the upbeat and catchy “Master Pretender” and “Waitress Song”. The pair brought with them the classic folk backline, with a drummer and pedal steel player to compliment their flawless harmonies.
The FAK sisters are not only talented and stylish, obviously putting a lot of effort into their appearance, but are also wonderfully charming. The pair recounted their trip to Lone Pine Zoo to the crowd, comparing kangaroo’s in Australia to polar bears in Sweden. They also payed homage to their producer Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes who has produced their last two releases in his studio in Omaha, Nebraska as well as Jack White who has also produced their music in the past by playing their Like a Version favourite “Love Interruption”.
First Aid Kit performed a show that you probably wouldn’t expect from a folk band, a dynamic and entertaining show from start to finish. From unplugging to perform “Ghost Town” to dancing and swooping their hair to “King of The World”, the sisters showed off their ability to captivate a room with their catchy music and inspiring lyrics. Another impressive standout from FAK was their ability to sing harmonies for almost every song for the entirety of the song, which were continuously flawless.
A great show from these two who will surely be returning to our soil in the future.
Halfway through the set, FAK asked the crowd to be silent to play their unplugged version of “Ghost Town” from their 2010 release The Big Black and Blue. It was a beautiful moment when the theatre went silent for it to then be filled with the sisters’ powerful voices. An experience I’m sure couldn’t be pulled off at festivals, and a special treat for fans.
Klara: “Have you guys ever heard of Jack White?”
Klara: “Yeah he’s alright”