Katzenjammer (band)

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Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer performing live at Hamburg. Germany. 2009.jpg
Katzenjammer performing in Hamburg, Germany in 2009
Background information
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Folk, baroque pop, symphonic pop, rock, country, Balkan
Years active 2005–present
Labels Propeller, Universal, Nettwerk
Website www.katzenjammer.no
Members Anne Marit Bergheim
Marianne Sveen
Solveig Heilo
Turid Jørgensen

Katzenjammer are an English-language Norwegian band from Oslo, formed in 2005. The band consists of Anne Marit Bergheim, Marianne Sveen, Solveig Heilo and Turid Jørgensen.

History[edit]

2005–07: Formation[edit]

The members of Katzenjammer met in 2004 while studying at a private music school in Oslo.[1][2] The band was formed in 2007 while listening to Anne Marit Bergheim perform the song "Wading in Deeper" on the piano. They were brought together by a common feeling of being "the outcasts at the school." Katzenjammer felt that their music school didn't encourage originality, but "only wanted to teach what had been done."[1]

The band is named after the Katzenjammer Kids, the oldest comic strip continually in syndication.[3] They chose this comic strip because they noticed that they resembled the characters in it.[4] Literally, the term Katzenjammer is a German loanword and literally means "lament of a cat", and is used in Norway to describe low-grade music and instrumentation (which in Germany would be called Katzenmusik - "music by cats"4).

2009–10: Le Pop[edit]

Anne Marit Bergheim performing live in Norway, June 2009

In 2008, Katzenjammer were chosen as one of the finalists in NRK's yearly Urørt competition for unsigned artists. They finished in third place with the song "A Bar in Amsterdam".[5] That year they also performed at the Scandinavian music convention by:Larm in Oslo, gaining them national exposure.[6]

Katzenjammer's debut album Le Pop was released in September 2008. The album was a mixture of different musical styles including pop, cabaret, country, and bluegrass.[7] Its songs were composed by the band's friend Mats Rybø, while the music was arranged by Katzenjammer on their fifteen shared instruments.[8][9]

Le Pop was well received by music critics, and was described as "engrossing and appealing".[10] It reached number nine on the Norwegian albums chart and number seventy-one in the Netherlands.[11][12] In 2008, Le Pop was nominated for a Spellemannprisen award for Best Debut Album of the Year.[13]

2011–present: A Kiss Before You Go[edit]

Solveig Heilo at metropool Hengelo 2011

A Kiss Before You Go, Katzenjammer's second album, was released in September 2011. The album's lyrics and visual direction were inspired by the French film The City of Lost Children, a maritime fantasy adventure.[14]

A Kiss Before You Go debuted at number seven on the German albums chart,[15] and was certified gold.[16] In Norway, the album reached number six.[11] The album received positive reviews from critics, who found it to be "utterly delightful" and "close to brilliance."[17][18] The lead single, "I Will Dance (When I Walk Away)", was a minor hit in Germany, peaking at number thirty-two on the singles chart.[19]

In May 2012, Katzenjammer released A Kiss Before You Go: Live in Hamburg, their first live album. Recorded at Große Freiheit 36 during the Hamburg, Germany dates of their 2011 tour, it was released in both CD and DVD formats.[20]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fitzpatrick, Rob (2012-03-04). "Ready for Anything". The Sunday Times. News International. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  2. ^ "The Interview With … Katzenjammer". planetmusicreview.wordpress.com. 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  3. ^ Suddath, Claire (2010-05-17). "Top 10 Long-Running Comic Strips / The Katzenjammer Kids". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  4. ^ Delaney, Karen (2012-03-22). "Katzenjammer interview • "We are always on the lookout for the missing piece in the puzzle"". wearsthetrousers.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  5. ^ "Urørtfinalist 1 - Katzenjammer" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  6. ^ "Artists: Katzenjammer". Propeller Recordings. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  7. ^ Poet, J. "Review: Le Pop". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  8. ^ Le Pop (liner notes). Katzenjammer. Propeller Recordings. 2008. 
  9. ^ Hughs, Pete (2012-05-24). "Album: Katzenjammer / A Kiss Before You Go". beardrock.com. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  10. ^ Schiller, Mike (2010-07-06). "Katzenjammer: Le Pop". PopMatters. PopMatters Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  11. ^ a b "Discography Katzenjammer". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  12. ^ "Discografie Katzenjammer" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  13. ^ "Katzenjammer for full musikk" (in Norwegian). nrk.no. 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  14. ^ Schwarzer, Leonie (2011-05-10). "Katzenjammer in Interview". aviva-berlin.de. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  15. ^ "Erweiterte Suche: Katzenjammer Album" (in German). Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  16. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: Katzenjammer" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  17. ^ Pearlman, Mischa (2012-05-11). "Katzenjammer: A Kiss Before You Go Review". BBC Music. BBC Online. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  18. ^ Weisz, Ben (2012-05-07). "Album Reviews: Katzenjammer – A Kiss Before You Go". MusicOHM.com. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  19. ^ "Erweiterte Suche: Katzenjammer Song" (in German). Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  20. ^ "Nun erschienen: Katzenjammers A Kiss Before You Go (Live In Hamburg)" (in German). universal-music.de. Universal Music Group. 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 

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