by / April 30th, 2011 /

Incoming: Katzenjammer

Incoming is a new feature that tells us about new and upcoming acts visiting our shores.

First up Katzenjammer, a four-piece from Norway playing gypsy-punk style folk music with an strikingly strong visual element. The band will play their first Irish show at The Academy 2 on May 2nd.

What’s happening in Norway?

We have spent so much time abroad the last two years, that it’s hard to say how we fit in at the moment. There’s a lot of different music going on in Norway right now, everything from eletronica to jazz to hardrock, and it’s all up and coming. With our delicate mix of hell and hallelulja, we feel we fit perfectly in everywhere.

Who are your favorite artists from home?

Hanne Hukkelberg, Montée, Susanne Sundfør, Lucy Swann, Kvelertak, Valkyrien Allstars.

What’s it really like touring?

Drinking coffee, doing yoga, knitting, rehearsing, drinking more coffee, watching TV series.

What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?

Impossible question! After playing in Svalbard (spitsbergen), Australia, America, Russia and all around Europe, each place has its own special atmosphere and personality that’s impossible to compare. But we always recommend everyone we meet to visit Svalbard. That’s a magic place on earth.

Small sweaty club gig versus festival appearance?

Also a tough one. We’re privileged to be a type of band that fits well in to both. The special thing with clubs is that the audience are there only to see you. So we might experience them as extra dedicated. And it’s easier to really feel the connection with the audience that makes us better. In festivals, its always a kick to see more and more people gathering around the stage that didn’t come to see us in the first place. Always a good thing to see the immediate effect of winning people over.

What’s tour ideal festival line-up?

We all have very different taste in music, so this is the line up for the “cocktail festival”
Tom Waits
Radiohead
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
Gogol Bordello

Tell us a tour story.

On this tour, we had an absurd incident in Frankfurt. Five minutes before the support act was supposed to enter the stage, the sprinkler system was activated and everything was soaking wet within seconds. It was like the worst rain we’d ever experienced! The only thing that remained dry was our mixer. (thank god) And the show was cancelled. We did an a capella song to make it up for the sold out venue, but felt really bad for the guy who guaranteed that the sprinkler system was turned off before show.

What are you reading?

Na margem do Rio Pedra eu sentei e chorei – Paulo Coellho
Specil Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
All You Need Is Ears – George Martin

How about TV, anything good on the box?

Since we travel about 150 days a year, we’re all addicted to series released on DVD. Six Feet Under, Mad Men, Dexter, Sopranos, True Blood, Riget and Carnevale. Makes travelling even more comfortable.

What is your favourite record of all time?

Maianne: Kid A – Radiohead
Anne Marit: Black Rider – Tom Waits
Turid: Funerals and Weddings
Solveig: White Chalk – PJ Harvey

Who is your favourite current artist?

Maianne: Radiohead
Solveig: Mumford and Sons
Anne Marit: Fleet Foxes
Turid: Goran Bregovic

What should we expect from your Dublin show?

That you all sing along with parts of your body you didn’t know you had!