First Aid Kit unveil The Lion’s Roar [Dear god, you must listen to this]

by oz on October 13, 2011

Swedish sibling folk rock act, First Aid Kit, are releasing their second album entitled The Lion’s Roar on January 24th, 2012. I fell in love with their debut, The Big Black and The Blue, and was blown away by their vocals in our live session. Keep this between us, but I was secretly very nervous that they’d start heading in a more commercial direction to cater to the mainstream. Sometimes happens when attractive young musicians with great voices enter the music scene.

I’m pleased to report that the title track from the new LP is a stunner. My jaw hit the floor when I first played it and it’s played ten times since. “Lion’s Roar” is like a sexy Townes Van Zandt tune – heartbreaking and devastatingly beautiful. If they are writing songs like this at the age of 18 and 20, then we have lots to look forward to. Give it a spin and report back.

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar by Wichita Recordings

And if you need more to sample, here’s a video from our live session with First Aid Kit. The song is “Ghost Town” off of their debut:

Tour Dates:
OCT. 30       GLASGOW, UK             ABC*
OCT. 31       MANCHESTER, UK          ACADEMY 2*
NOV. 1        LONDON, UK              ROUNDHOUSE* (sold out)
NOV. 7        POMONA, CA              FOX THEATER*
NOV. 8        LOS ANGELES, CA         THE TROUBADOUR
NOV. 9        OAKLAND, CA             FOX THEATER*
NOV. 11       DENVER, CO              OGDEN THEATER*
NOV. 13       MINNEAPOLIS, MN         FIRST AVENUE*
NOV. 14       CHICAGO, IL             VIC THEATER*
NOV. 15       TORONTO, ON             SOUND ACADEMY*
NOV. 16       NEW YORK, NY            THE MERCURY LOUNGE
NOV. 17       MONTCLAIR, NJ           WELLMONT THEATER*
NOV. 19       ASHEVILLE, NC           ORANGE PEEL*
NOV. 20       ATLANTA, GA             BUCKHEAD THEATER*
NOV. 21       NEW ORLEANS, LA         TIPITINA’S*
NOV. 28       STOCKHOLM, SE           MOSEBACKE
NOV. 30       GÖTEBORG, SE            NEFERTITI
DEC. 2        MALMÖ, SE               VICTORIATEATERN
DEC. 5        BERLIN, DE              BERGHAIN KANTINE
DEC. 6        LONDON, UK              BUSH HALL
DEC. 8        AMSTERDAM, NL           PARADISIO

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody October 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I’d like to report back that this is awesome.

Sam Anderson October 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I’m gonna guess this is coming out in 2012, not 2010.

oz October 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

You are correct. Updated the typo.

Shannon October 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Isn’t this their third album? Before The Big Black and The Blue they released Drunken Trees! That album is too magical to be left out.

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