Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester and London
Formed in Oslo in 2007, the four-girl group (Anne Marit Bergheim, Marianne Sveen, Solveig Heilo and Turid Jørgensen) have built up a reputation for their inventive, infectious tunes, spectacular live shows and unconventional attitude. Between them, they play around 30 instruments, incorporating trumpets, tubas, banjos, balalaikas and more, alongside the more standard-issue piano and guitar. There are no set roles in the band – each girl is as likely to be performing percussion as lead vocals. As they put it: “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.”
That passion-led approach appears to be working; Katzenjammer’s unique musical mix of skill, whimsy and as many instruments as humanly possible has earned them acclaim across Europe, and the band’s third album, Rockland, were released in the UK by Propellor Recordings in March (the video for ‘Lady Grey’, the first single from it, is out now).