First Aid Kit Show Of Video for R.E.M´s “Walk unafraid”
In early November, First Aid Kit unveiled a cover of R.E.M.’s “Walk Unafraid,” recorded for the Reese Witherspoon pick Wild. Now the track has some visuals. In the clip, the Swedish sisters singe in the woods, accompanied by clips from the film. Check out the video below. The band’s new album Stay Gold is out now.
Conor Oberst said in a 2014 interview that he is finishing work on a solo record, with First Aid Kit singing harmonies throughout the LP. The album, titled Upside Down Mountain, was released on 20 May 2014.The duo sings on six tracks of the record.
Following the announcement of their third studio album Stay Gold, that was released on 10 June 2014 through Columbia Records, the band released their first new single “My Silver Lining” on 31 March. On May 6 another song, “Cedar Lane”, was released. Both were released only as digital files accompanied with videos in YouTube.
First Aid Kit’s eighth US and Canada tour, of which some of the concerts were already sold out in the beginning of March, started in May 2014.
On June 12 they performed again on The Late Show with David Letterman, this time singing “My Silver Lining”.
During summer 2014 they toured having several concerts and festivals in Europe, Japan and Australia. On August 9 when they and Conor Oberst were both at Haldern PopFestival in Germany, the duo was also singing backing vocals on five songs of the Conor Oberst’s set.
On July 10 Billboard listed “My Silver Lining” as one of the ten best songs of 2014 (so far) in their Mid-Year Music 2014 list.
At the end of August the duo received a gold record in Sweden for the Stay Gold album.
During autumn First Aid Kit had a tour in Europe supported by Jo Rose, performing for example in iTunes Festival on September 21 and in the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK on September 24, that latter of which was sold out already in mid August. In October 7 they were in the BBC’s 6 Music Live show in Maida Vale Studios.
At the end of October it was announced that First Aid Kit’s cover of the R.E.M.‘s “Walk Unafraid” will be in the soundtrack of the Wild movie. Moreover, their song “Frozen Lake” is in the Swedish film Min Så Kallade Pappa.
First Aid Kit had a largely sold out tour again in the USA in October and November at such venues as New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on October 24, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on October 29, and The Wiltern in Los Angeles November 12. They were supported by Samantha Crain.
On November 7 it was announced that First Aid Kit had again got the “Composer of the year” prize from the Swedish Music Publishers Association.
On November 11 First Aid Kit performed “Stay Gold” on Conan
In November 24 American Songwriter listed Stay Gold as tenth in their 2014 top 50 album list. On December 1st Paste Magazine listed it as 9th in their top 50 album list and the song “My Silver Lining” as 19th in their top 50 song list. Rolling Stone magazine listed Master Pretender as 35th in their top 50 songs of 2014 list. BBC Radio 6 Music listed ‘Stay Gold’ album as 3rd in their 2014 album list.
On December 5 an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show was aired where First Aid Kit sung “My Silver Lining”. This performance was recorded on November 19 in Los Angeles.
The year ended with several concerts in Norway and Finland in December with Jo Rose as support. Both Helsinki concerts were sold out already in September.
2015 starts with an eleven concert UK tour in January and continues in February with 12 concerts in Sweden. In March they return to Australia.
On January 15, 2015 a set of Swedish pop music related postage stamps will be released in Sweden, one motif being First Aid Kit.