Klara Soderberg is pretty plain spoken about the chaotic pace of life on the road that almost destroyed First Aid Kit, the Swedish folk-rock duo she maintains with her sister Johanna. When the last tour ended two years ago, she moved from Stockholm to her then-beau’s hometown of Manchester, England for a relationship that quickly dissolved. “So all I would do every day was walk my dog and not much else at all. I needed a break from thinking about music,” she says. Gradually, her songwriting skills returned and she studiously detailed the experience in the aptly-dubbed latest jangle-thon “Ruins,” augmented by a new EP, “Tender Offerings.” The minstrel existence has yet to do her in.
How has touring changed this time around?
Well, I just try and take care of myself and get to bed as early as I can — stuff like that. And a big thing is that days off have to stay days off. Like with interviews, for example — we’ll do those on a show day, because then we’re actually working the whole day and when we have a day off, it’s a proper day off. Which a lot of times will mean just staying in your hotel room and staying in bed — nothing more.
Where did these four new EP songs come from?
From the sessions for the last album, “Ruins,” which we wanted to release in classic 10-song format. But we really loved these extra songs, so we thought, “In a little while, we’ll release an EP.” So that’s what we’re doing. And now that we’ve released them this way, the songs are out there, and now we’ll get to play them.
What wisdom do you live by?
I think we’re constantly learning and changing and evolving; that’s just part of being human, which can be really scary. So I think I’m just trying more and more to take care of myself and listen to my needs, and kind of learn to trust my own body and thoughts and feelings. And it’s a lot of work.
Your toughest lesson learned?
The word no. Just learning how to say no. Because for a long time, we hadn’t said no to anything in so long, I had to say no to everything because I was so tired. Now, I don’t ever want to get to that point again. I want to be able to say no to this, because it doesn’t feel as important as this other stuff. And it’s hard. Sometimes we get offers, and they’re really incredible, so it really hurts to say no. But for me, there’s no other way to go.
IF YOU GO
First Aid Kit
Where: Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28
Tickets: $29 to $55
Contact: (415) 776-7457, www.ticketmaster.com