“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”.
Norwegian band Katzenjammer gear up to release Lady Grey, the first single from the new Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey) produced album Rockland.
The inspiration behind the song is a personal story as explained by former nurse and band member Marianne Sveen, “Lady Grey is a song about my first patient with Alzheimer’s. She was something of a riddle to me, and was so affected by her condition, that her ability to communicate was completely gone. She didn’t have any family that visited her either, so I never got to know her real story. But when I put on music for her, she always moved her feet in time with the music, and smiled secretly on occasion. So I used to make up my own stories about her- hoping they were close to the truth.”
Katzenjammer are nothing if not utterly distinctive. Four smart and super-talented young Norwegian women, 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. They are all lead singers, they’re all drummers, they can all play the banjo, or the trashcans, the kazoo, the celeste or the washboard. There is no one like Katzenjammer. And right now this band are writing the best songs of their career.
Their third album, Rockland is undoubtedly their most refined and accomplished effort so far. Their singular sound is driven by a deep sense of adventure, invention and curiosity. The moods ebb and flow throughout the record; from the bass-heavy, rapped-up funk of Oh My God, to the more serenely melodic singalong tracks like My Own Tune, 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.
From their earliest days being invited to play David Byrne’s personally curated stage at Bonnaroo, to supporting Keane at London’s O2 Arena, selling out two of their own headlining UK tours and having Steve Lamacq proclaim them as “the best gig of my time at Glastonbury”, Katzenjammer have always had a huge impact with their genre-mixing, instrument-swapping, full-on riotous shows.