all female Norwegian band Katzenjammer on tour

sistasheila

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multinstrumentalist ,catchy pop songs.below: youtubevideos to check them out...
live:
http://www.youtube.com/results?sear...&search=Search&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&spell=1
Their music mixes genres such as folk music, pop, rock, country and balkan music. The four members switch instruments often and have a stated goal of playing instruments they haven't played before.[1] Katzenjammer are multi-instrumentalists, mastering a large number of different instruments, including the tuba, the balalaika bass,ukulele,flute, , harmonica, piano, banjo, accordion, mandolin, trumpet, melodica, etc.-plus the usdual guitar, bass drums. T
They play a variety of acoustic instruments, while singing four-part harmionies.
Their music invites you to come along on a journey that carries you from Montremarte a la 1900 via late Tivoli nights on Coney Island, pre-revolutionary Russian circus, and gypsy caravans to dusky whiskey bars on Oslo's east side.
they do keep in contact with their fans on their facebooksite and also add their tourdates there
very entertaining to watch their entries.
http://www.facebook.com/katzenjammerne
also their homepage adds the tourdates
www.katzenjammer.no
turid one of th members ahs a blog with pics and she talks about the tours
http://turiiis.blogg.no/




an interview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5asXDXMlLLU
http://www.myspace.com/katzenjammerne

on tour

http://www.stageway.no/katzenjammer/


a review
So lively are the live performances by Oslo, Norway’s Katzenjammer that they’re enough to wipe the bored expression off any jaded indie scenester and replace it with a big, stupid grin. Of course, that’ll happen when you’ve got four exceptionally talented female multi-instrumentalists performing an odd, hyperactive hybrid of folk, country, cabaret, and rock loaded with gorgeous four-part harmonies, the quartet maniacally alternating lead vocals and swapping instruments, including accordion and a gigantic contrabass balalaika, in between songs. They can bring a house down with a rousing set, they’re able to avoid sounding like a novelty act by offsetting their eclectic nature with a real sense of authenticity in whatever musical style they perform, and their musical chops are undeniable. But the one question that can dog any exceptional live act is, can they translate that contagious energy onto an album?

Goodness knows Solveig Heilo, Anne Marit Bergheim, Turid Jorgensen, and Marianne Sveen try their damndest to exude that concert atmosphere on their debut, Le Pop, and indeed, the album succeeds mightily, the band’s notorious onstage ebullience palpable throughout the entire record. And considering how the adjective “busy” is a grossly understated description of Katzenjammer’s sound (around 30 instruments are listed as appearing on the record), that’s no small feat. Le Pop elicits instant comparisons to everything from Gogol Bordello to the Dixie Chicks to Kurt Weill, with even a little Carl Stalling tossed in for good measure, but with producers Mike Hartung and Kåre Chr. Vestrheim at the reins, the performances are controlled just enough to avoid flying off into a wildly erratic, Danny Elfman-style tangent. Most importantly, though, the songs themselves are good enough to not need much in the way of instrumental gimmickry.

Of course, it sure doesn’t hurt that Katzenjammer has a “fifth member” in the form of the somewhat mysterious songwriter Mats Rybø, who wrote the bulk of the material on Le Pop. Whoever he is, Rybø knows what he’s doing, as his nine songs all play to these musicians’ strengths and, most importantly, are all instantly memorable. Built around a ludicrous mariachi trumpet fanfare and even more farcical, Python-esque coconut clip-clops, “A Bar in Amsterdam” alternates madly between Balkan folk and Spaghetti Western soundtrack music, but this manic mixture is made palatable by the rich harmony vocals in the chorus. “Virginia Clemm” shamelessly delves into 1930s Weimar cabaret as Heilo sings of Edgar Allen Poe’s young wife, the lively “Play My Darling Play” is tinged with Irish folk, while the polka-tinged “To the Sea” is a stirring little shanty bolstered again by those ever-present harmonies.

Although all four band members prove to be strong lead singers, it’s Sveen who emerges as the best on this record, her three lead performances displaying some rather impressive range. She sounds perfectly at home on the unapologetically twee “Tea with Cinnamon”, but then turns right around and is just as convincing on the dark, rampaging “Hey Ho on the Devil’s Back”. And although it would be easy to dismiss “Ain’t No Thing” as a somewhat rote exercise in blues songwriting, the chameleon-like Sveen is absolutely convincing in her delivery, howling as if she’d been born and bred on the Mississippi Delta, and not somewhere near the Arctic Circle.

Gregarious, vivacious, and with just a little punk rock attitude, the likeable Norwegian label Propeller Records is on to something awfully promising in Katzenjammer, and considering the broad appeal of the music on Le Pop, it’s something that begs for wider distribution. For now, though, it’ll have to remain one of 2008’s finest hidden gems, and those of us on the other side of the Atlantic will be crossing our fingers that these four charming ladies will eventually bring that vaunted live show our way.
 
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sistasheila

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their show in hamburg was amazing. very charming show they put on, great connection with the audience.some song sounded andrew sisters like some a bit maritime., others has some balkananish feel it but overall it was played high energy so it has a rock n roll attitude played with which kept the crows buzzing. strong choruses which makes it very pop-ish
some slow songs inbetween as well. they all sang , great harmonies
to it..after every song there was a instrument change....even if you dont have a record.check them out live!
i havent seen such a great show in ages
i would love to see them support moz
they has put a big smile on my face which didnt left the whole show
they also have a great merchandise self styled vests which the f girls themself
a conceet of them is shown on german tv
on wdr in april
26. April 2010 von 00.15 bis 01.45 Uhr

a very unusual cover song theyalso played which worked great in their ouvre(i dont like the orginal band-genesis*barf* so)
land of confusion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu5-VYsVlaw
 
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sistasheila

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USA TOUR
22. Jun 2010 06:00
Viper Room West Hollywood, California
23. Jun 2010 20:00
The Crocodile Seattle, Washington, US
24. Jun 2010 22:00
Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon , US

28. Jun 2010 18:00
Ottawa jazz festival Ottawa, CANADA

01. Jul 2010 20:00
Schubas Chicago, Illinois, US

03. Jul 2010 20:00
Summerfest Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

04. Jul 2010 20:00
Summerfest Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

06. Jul 2010 20:00
Mercury Lounge New York,, New York , US

08. Jul 2010 20:00
Cafe 939 at Berklee Boston, US

09. Jul 2010 18:00
Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA, PA

10. Jul 2010 18:00
IOTA Club & Cafe Arlington, VA

GERMANY
29. Jul 2010 20:00
Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, DE

31. Jul 2010 20:00
Voices Festival Loerrach, DE

01. Aug 2010 20:00
Bardentreffen Nuremberg, DE

04. Aug 2010 20:00
KulturZelt Kassel, DE

05. Aug 2010 20:00
Kulturarena Jena, DE
USA:
10. Aug 2010 20:00
Lilith Fair 2010 @ Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL

11. Aug 2010 20:00
Lilith Fair 2010 @ Ford Amphitheatre Tampa, FL

12. Aug 2010 10:00
Lilith Fair 2010 @ Verizon Wireless Music Centre - Birmingham Pelham, AL

15. Aug 2010 20:00
Lilith Fair 2010 @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX

GERMANY:
28. Aug 2010 20:00
Burgrock Festival Altena, DE

10. Sep 2010 20:00
Kultur im Zelt Braunschweig, DE
http://www.myspace.com/katzenjammerne#ixzz0rZWr5WEo
O i would love them to support morrissey even though the music is a break from his usual supportacts
 

sistasheila

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15. Jul 2010 20:00
Moles Club Bath, UNITED KINGDOM

16. Jul 2010 20:00
Mr. Wolf's Bristol, Avon, UNITED KINGDOM

17. Jul 2010 08:00
Lovebox Weekender London, UNITED KINGDOM


29. Jul 2010 20:00
Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, DE

EDIT:NEW DATE IN DÜSSELDORF IS ADDED
30. Jul 2010 20:00
Zakk Düsseldorf, GERMANY



31. Jul 2010 20:00
Voices Festival Loerrach, DE

01. Aug 2010 20:00
Bardentreffen Nürnberg, DE

02. Aug 2010 20:00
Fonnefeesten Lokeren, BELGIUM

03. Aug 2010 20:00
Muzikale Dinsdagen Ieper, BELGIUM

04. Aug 2010 20:00
KulturZelt Kassel, DE


05. Aug 2010 20:00
Kulturarena Jena, DE

6. Aug 2010 15:00
Raumarock Åndalsnes, NORWAY

12. Aug 2010 10:00
Lilith Fair 2010 @ Verizon Wireless Music Centre - Birmingham Pelham, AL

26. Aug 2010 08:00
Stavanger Torg - Avslutningskonsert ONS Stavanger, NORWAY




28. Aug 2010 20:00
Burgrock Festival Altena, DE

10. Sep 2010 20:00
Kultur im Zelt Braunschweig, DE

12. Sep 2010 20:00
Schippersweekened Lauwe, BELGIUM

Weitere Infos: http://www.myspace.com/katzenjammerne#ixzz0teMZCF5f
 
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