Norwegian alt-folk-country-rock mavericks Katzenjammer announce a four date tour in support of their new album ‘Rockland’ (released March 2nd). One of the most accomplished, instinctive, charismatic and nonconformist bands around, Katzenjammer are all impressive singers and multi-instrumentalists, sharing lead vocals, instruments, song-writing duties and, as The Guardian observed this week, an enormous sense of fun.
Friday 8 Nottingham Rescue Rooms £13.50
Saturday 9 Glasgow Oran Mor £13.50
Sunday 10 Manchester Ruby Lounge £13.50
Monday 11 London Scala £15.50
On Sale: Friday 6th February 2015 9am www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Having previously headlined at the Scala, supported Keane at the O2 Arena, and thrilled at Glastonbury, Bestival and Cambridge Folk Festival, Katzenjammer always make a huge impact with their genre-mixing, full-on riotous shows.
Nothing if not utterly distinctive, four smart and super-talented Norwegian musicians – Anne Marit Bergheim, Turid Jørgensen, Solveig Heilo and Marianne Sveen – met at music school in 2005 and have mastered a thrillingly diverse blend of country, folk, blues, pop and rock. There is no one like Katzenjammer.
As dangerous and fun on record as they are live, their third studio album ‘Rockland’ is undoubtedly their most refined and accomplished effort so far. “We wanted to go back to the roots and be more stripped and not add all these symphonic elements,” says Anne Marit. The moods ebb and flow throughout; from the bass-heavy, rapped-up funk of ‘Oh My God’, to the more serenely melodic singalong tracks like ‘My Own Tune’, the gorgeous first single ‘Lady Grey’, the stomping, wild-hearted blues of ‘Bad Girl’ and the brilliantly inquisitive ‘Curvaceous Needs’, a future live classic if ever there was one. This is a focussed and fired-up Katzenjammer – the excitement coming off them in waves. Produced by Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Beth Orton), ‘Rockland’ gets its UK release on March 2nd via Propeller Recordings.
The sheer verve of their originality is something that touches people in many ways. Having an impact is the main reason they make music – both audience reactions and the feelings that these inspire within the band are the special moments which affirm their existence. “We’re on stage and people are looking for us and getting something that is bigger than them and bigger than us and that’s fantastic,” says Anne Marit. Solveig clearly agrees: “Some nights you get this moment of realisation, that right there you know what you are actually doing. You have to pinch yourself. Most of the time people get really happy. And what could possibly be better than that?”
“We have our own world in Katzenjammer. We never follow the rules, we’ve always done what we feel like and gone with our hearts”.