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First Aid Kit mark International Women's Day with new song "You Are The Problem Here"

08 March 2017, 16:43 | Written by Laurence Day

First Aid Kit rail against sexual violence and lenient sentences for rapists on new song "You Are The Problem", released to mark International Women's Day 2017.

The track is a riotous departure from their usual folky fare, leaning more towards Torres territory with their country-tinged, seething rage.

"Today is the International Women’s Day and the theme of the year is #BeBoldForChange," the Swedish duo write in a statement alongside the track. "'You Are the Problem Here' isn’t a typical First Aid Kit song. It’s angry and direct. It’s a song written out of despair. After reading about yet another rape case where the perpetrator was handed a sentence which did not at all reflect the severity of his crime we felt upset and vengeful. We were, and are, sick of living in a society where the victims of rape are often blamed for the horrible thing that has been done to them. Our message is clear and should not be controversial in the least: if you rape, you are the problem. Alcohol is not the problem. So called “youth culture” is not the problem. You are. And you always have a choice."

"You are the Problem Here" is out 10 March and all proceeds are being donated to Women For Women International.
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