ShitKid is the project of 24-year- old Åsa Söderqvist who made her debut last spring with a self-titled debut EP, which quickly propelled her into being one of the most talked about new acts in Sweden. Originally from the north of Sweden, Åsa moved to Gothenburg after high school, starting a feminist punk band and acting amongst other things, before turning inward and recording what would become her debut EP on a broken computer at home, while learning to use GarageBand. The end result was a distinct sound, mixing lo-fi sensibilities and catchy songwriting with Åsa’s unmistakeable vocals.
The three-track ShitKid EP was released via the Stockholm based label PNKSLM Recordings in the spring of 2016 to great acclaim, reaching far beyond its lo-fi confines to find fans at the likes of The FADER, Pigeons & Planes, and SPIN internationally, while her debut single “Oh Please Be A Cocky Cool Kid” appeared on national TV in Sweden the morning after it was released. An expanded version of the debut EP was released in the summer of 2016, which saw ShitKid playing several Swedish festivals before making her debut international appearances in the fall, alternating between playing to full houses in London and monthly shows in her new hometown Stockholm.
Close to a year after first appearing, ShitKid is now getting ready to release her first new recordings since the debut EP, with her self-describing second EP, EP 2. Over four tracks it’s another lo-fi statement of intent, inviting the listener into ShitKid’s world and showcasing Åsa strength as a songwriter, with live favorite, “Sugar Town,” leading the charge. Sound-wise it’s slightly clearer than before, but still very much the opposite to the slick pop dominating the musical landscape today.