Live review + photos: Band Of Horses + First Aid Kit, Live at Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden 2011.02.21
The young swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit have had a good week, first supporting Bright Eyes at Debaser Medis (and having Mike Mogis wanting to produce their next record) last Wednesday and then supporting Band Of Horses yesterday. I went to see the Band Of Horses + First Aid Kit gig last night at Annexet, a part of the Globe Arenas with a 3500 capacity.
When First Aid Kit began playing the venue was barely half full (the night was completely sold out) but as per usual First Aid Kit's sister duo Klara and Johanna Söderberg from Stockholm were excellent, supported by a solid country rock band. First Aid Kit played for roughly half an hour performing mostly songs from their debut lp The Big Black And The Blue with a few songs from the ep Drunken Trees, and "It Hurts Me Too" from their new Jack White-produced single. Highlights were "Tangerine", "Ghost Town" and the as-of-yet unreleased "The Lion's Roar", which closed the show. First Aid Kit were just as good as they were supporting Bright Eyes and they seem to be a remarkably consistent live act, and judging by "The Lion's Roar" and the attention they've been getting they're having a bright future ahead of them, and deservedly so.
Band Of Horses entered the stage to Bruce Springsteen's "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and played for almost two hours. I have never understood the love and fervour they inspire in their fans, but while their records often seem a bit same-y and dull to me their live performance is really something else. The band brought an incredible amount of energy to their performance and seemed genuinely happy throughout the show, and that kind of band are always easier to appreciate. I was also very surprised by how much of the gig could be classified as arena rock (and I don't mean that as a bad thing) and after seeing them live I can easily understand why they're playing Annexet in front of 3500 people instead of Debaser Medis in front of 850 like their contemporaries. Hell, they even have something as unfashionable as a real power ballad in "No One's Gonna Love You", and adding live anthems like "The Funeral" and "The Great Salt Lake" they seem to have more in common with bands like U2 than any indie rock band.
First Aid Kit: 8/10
Band Of Horses: 8/10
Here's a couple of more photos, again non-professional and non-edited, enjoy!
First Aid Kit:
Band Of Horses:
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