“They have such a sparkling feel for precocious darkness that they’re positively divine.” – Mick Mercer.
A reissue of their 2006 debut. Referring to themselves as “Deathrock Cabaret,” they might be more correctly classified as post-punk cabaret, for their influences can be found in styles from deathrock, baroque, new-wave, electronic to classical. This Parisian act is fronted by the charming, seductive Mary Komplikated.
Katzenjammer Kabarett is a young and promising band from Paris, consisting of Mary Komplikated, Herr Katz, Klischee and Mr Guillotine. Indeed, the idea of the cabaret as they conceive it, must be linked to the conception the founders of the Cabaret Voltaire, or of other European artistic avant-garde cabarets of the 1910s-1920s. Their compositions, by the means of varied and various collages, are an attempt to reveal the peculiar atmosphere one could have found in early avant-garde circles. To sum up, a considerable part of their work comes from second-hand elements, borrowed from preceding movements and styles, but whose signs have been systematically changed.
Thus, the music composed by Klischee, supported by Herr Katz’s lyrics and Mr Guillotine’s how so necessary pragmatism, creates an alchemy with the carefree Mary Komplikated’s voice and theatrical singing which embodies all the magic, the cynicism and the absurdity of that hangover cabaret.