First Aid Kit Share Live Performance Video for #MeToo Anthem “You Are the Problem Here”

Song to Be Released on 7-Inch on Record Store Day

Mar 06, 2018
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Swedish sister alt-country/folk duo First Aid Kit released a new album, Ruins, back in January via Columbia. Prior to that, in March 2017, First Aid Kit shared a new song, "You Are the Problem Here," in honor of International Women's Day. The song didn't appear on Ruins and was released before the #MeToo movement took flight, but certainly addresses some of those same issues. Now they have shared a new video of them performing a rocking version of the song live in a blank TV studio, dubbed the Rebel Hearts Club. The song will be released as a 7-inch on April 21 for Record Store Day, containing both the studio and live versions.

The band issued this statement about the song:

"'You are the Problem Here' is a song that was written out of pure frustration and anger. We, as women, felt really sick of being afraid all the time. We wanted to ask the perpetrators of rape crimes why they commit such horrendous acts. Instead of putting the blame and shame on the victim, we wanted to put it back where it belongs. The song has been gaining more and more attention since its original release last year, especially with the #MeToo movement growing. It's sad that it's so relevant, but we're glad to be talking about these issues and taking sexual assault seriously. We all need to keep the conversation going.

Playing 'You are the Problem Here' live this past year has been a very powerful experience. We wanted to capture that live energy in a new recording. 

We are donating all the proceeds from the song to Women for Women International. We think they're doing such important and great work and want to support them in the fight towards making this world a better place for women. This is our little contribution. 

DOWN WITH THE PATRIARCHY! 

xx K & J" 

First Aid Kit previously shared Ruins track "It's a Shame," as well as a video for the song inspired by the Gwyneth Paltrow romantic comedy from 1998, Sliding Doors. Plus there was a lyric video for "Postcard" and another lyric video for "Fireworks." Then there was a full-on video for "Fireworks" that featured the sisters attending, dancing, and performing at a 1980s prom, complete with big hairdos and vintage prom dresses. Then there was a video of them performing "Postcard" live in a TV studio (dubbed The Rebel Hearts Club) made to look like one from the 1970s, followed by them performing "Ruins" in the same setting.

Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Laura Veirs) produced the album in Portland, OR. The album features R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Wilco's Glenn Kotche, and Midlake's McKenzie Smith. Ruins is the follow-up to 2014's acclaimed Stay Gold.

Read our recent Bucket List interview with First Aid Kit.

Read our 2014 interview with First Aid Kit.

First Aid Kit U.S. Tour Dates:

04/14 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/17 - San Ana, CA - The Observatory* 
04/21 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
06/08 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art*
06/09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06/10 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant*
06/12 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman*
06/13 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium*
06/14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks (w/ Ryan Adams)

*Jade Bird supporting

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