Swedish duo First Aid Kit — sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg — have returned with their fantastic new single “It’s A Shame,” which premiered recently as a First Play on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio. Recorded in early 2017 and produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Laura Veirs) in Portland, OR, “It’s A Shame” is a plea to live in the moment, because everyone disposes of each other eventually. Klara and Johanna explain:
We went to Los Angeles last spring and spent five weeks there writing. It was a tough time for the both of us. We were in this beautiful sunny place, but mostly felt sad and lonely. "It's a Shame" is a song about the emptiness and desperation you feel after a relationship has come to an end. How you will go to great lengths just to numb the pain and feel less lonely.
“It’s A Shame” follows the band’s Columbia Records debut Stay Gold, a lush and ambitious 10-song collection that beautifully captures their vivid storytelling, landing First Aid Kit countless “Best of 2014” accolades. Earlier this spring, the duo also released a stand-alone single on International Women’s Day entitled, “You Are The Problem Here ”
Hailing from a southern suburb of Stockholm, Klara and Johanna began composing songs as teenagers in 2007. The sisters released two studio albums with Wichita Records — The Big Black And The Blue in 2010 and The Lion’s Roar in 2012, featuring stand-out single “Emmylou,” which prompted Rolling Stone to name the song one of its “10 Best Singles of 2012,” saying “you may not hear a more beautifully sung record this year.”