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First Aid Kit, Maida Vale Studios, London

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Performing at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios as part of the Live On 6Music sessions First Aid Kit took to the stage dressed in Abba-esque sparkly gold outfits, obviously in reference to their latest album title.

This theme was continued with opening track 'Stay Gold'. Whilst listening to First Aid Kit it's hard not to be transported to the vast plains of Mid-West America and the set designers added a touch of nostalgia with a couple of sunset orange spotlights.

Next up was perhaps the Soderberg sisters most famous track in 'Lion's Roar' which caught the crowd out with a rocking reprise that gave a hint of what was to come later on in the set.

As it was a live broadcast on 6Music there was then the inevitable interview section, which always seems like a pain for both interviewer and artist but the sisters handled the slightly awkward questions from the crowd - "When do you sleep?" - with reasonable skill. One interesting insight did come out though, that Klara's favourite animal is the sloth and it was suggested they took a trip to London Zoo to check out their collection.

Back to the music and we got 'Emmylou' and then a cover of Jack White's 'Love Interruption'. If the band decide to have a change of direction for the next album then this last example showed that they can easily rock-out with the best of them.

Much is made of the Maida Vale studios but the sound was crystal clear with every pounding drum beat and autoharp twang picked out perfectly. Sadly it was only a small gig as a full-length concert with clarity that puts most venues to shame would have been a real pleasure. Anyhow, it will live long in this reviewer's mind.

View the show on the BBC's iPlayer here.

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