Watch Katzenjammer play an intimate Live At The Office gig at Spotify Norway’s HQ.
Setlist ‘Live At The Office’:
- Rock Paper Scissors
- Mother Superior
- Lady Marlene
- Land of Confusion
- Ain’t No Thang
'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country.
Super-charismatic quartet Katzenjammer hailing from Oslo, Norway, juggles thirty-odd different instruments between them and have performed at everything from balalaika-infested venues in Murmansk nightclubs and hickory-smoked backyard barbeques in Texas to opening for Keane at the O2 in London. Katzenjammer’s ascent into the spotlight started at the beginning of 2008, when they appeared at the Scandinavian music convention by:Larm in Oslo. Their special blend folk/country/Balkan/ gypsy/ rickety-rock pop (which strangely enough is not as confusing as it sounds) along with the impressive array of 29 (and counting) instruments on which the ladies are self-taught blew away an audience of industry people and journalists. The performance catapulted Katzenjammer into the larger clubs of Norway, including the 1,500-capacity Rockefeller, which they sold out twice in a 90-day period recently.
Katzenjammer—Solveig Heilo, Anne Marit Bergheim, Turid Jørgensen and Marianne Sveen—released their debut album Le Pop in Norway in late 2008 to critical praise. One writer described the album as ”a mix between Eastern European folk music, B-52s, the sisters Kate & Anna McGarrigle, seasick bluegrass, country blues and a carnival orchestra on the run.” Le Pop was produced by Kåre Westrheim and Mike Hartung, also known for their work with notable Norwegian artists Marit Larsen and Superfamily.
On stage, Katzenjammer displays their own version of musical chairs, the various instruments—including the tuba, the balalaika bass, drums, harmonica, piano, banjo, accordion, mandolin, guitar, melodica and, very efficiently, the aforementioned trumpet—continuously circulating among the four musicians, adding a circus element to the show. The band’s appearance at SXSW last March caught the attention of concert goers and led to confirmed appearances at other US festivals like Summerfest, where they opened for Elvis Costello, and Bonnaroo, where David Byrne invited the ladies to play his stage (the first ever artist-curated stage at Bonnaroo) alongside Santigold, the Dirty Projectos and Dave Byrne and Brian Eno.