KatzKab: Objet N°1 (CD) (50% OFF)

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Tracks

  1. Miracles | MP3 Clip
  2. The Baron Samedi’s End | MP3 Clip
  3. Harold and the Body | MP3 Clip
  4. Sinking | MP3 Clip
  5. Let’s Burn Them | MP3 Clip
  6. Boliw | MP3 Clip
  7. The Silent Guest | MP3 Clip
  8. Voodoo Catwalk | MP3 Clip
  9. Interlude
  10. Lithopedion Boy | MP3 Clip
  11. Chopped Off | MP3 Clip

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KatzKab is electro-punk-cabaret rising from the ashes of the late, much-heralded Katzenjammer Kabarett to awaken the dancing skeleton that sleeps within each of us. Female vocals courtesy of the seductive and charismatic Viktor B ride atop their hybrid music and syncopated rhythms, telling tales of alcohol, murder, voodoo and the edges of human nature. They sing tales from seedy local news to Darwin Awards in an absurd euphony.

KatzKab doesn’t transcend genres so much as explode them wholesale. Musically, the group mixes cabaret, deathrock, synthpunk, and minimal-synth conventions with cockeyed abandon; post-punk guitar tones, post-Dresden-Dolls vocals and Euro-electro synthesizers all manage to find a place in their sonic palette. Of the many new acts who pick up on the old-school Bat Cave tricks of the past, KatzKab is one of the few that move beyond homage or pastiche. They are not afraid to inject a little Lene Lovich or Soft Cell playfulness and craziness here and there. Everything old is new again with these kids. Arty, weird, and brilliant.

Over the previous two years, KatzKab has proven their efficiency on stage, notably in Paris, Bruxelles or Berlin, thanks to the enthusiasm of Viktor B. and the energy of her bandmates, Klischee at the piano/synth, Mr. Guillotine at the bass guitar, Mr. Monsterhead at the guitar and Mr. Max at the drum.

For Objet N°1, the new formation gives their compositions a more pop, frantic and crazy appeal, mixing perfectly with the electro-punk energy always present in their work. There are enough wickedly witty moods and sonic textures coaxed forth by this talented quintet to give you a quirky, posh & drunk experimental journey.

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Weight .3 lbs
Label

Projekt

Release Year

2013

Format

CD in 6-panel DigiPak

Reviews

  1. Reviews Editor

    A review from Intravenous Mag UK

    Rising from the ashes of Katzenjammer Kabarett, Paris’ new electro-punk cabaret quintet, KatzKab have some exciting shoes to fill. Formed around the duo of Klishee (Piano/Synths) and Mr Guillotine (Bass Guitar), the new project is just as diverse as its predecessor, but gets a whole new vibe courtesy of new members Vik B. (Vocals) and Mr. Monsterhead (Guitar). The band retains the iconoclastic genre-hopping sound and Dadaist mentality yet has a playful pop appeal in the vein of The B52s, Lena Lovich and Soft Cell.

    From the get go the band set out to challenge the listener. The quirky vocal style of Vik. B, which can only rightly be compared to Katie Pierson of The B52s, underpins a sound that combines jazzy basslines with gypsy violins, danceable synths, deathrock embellishments and post-punk guitars. Songs like ‘Miracle’, ‘Harold And The Body’, ‘Let’s Burn The Rich’, ‘Voodoo Catwalk’ and ‘Lithopedion Boy’ all show off an incredibly diverse range that has a strong dance appeal. Despite it’s often complicated construction the songs all make good use of strutting beats, memorable melodies and sing-a-long lyrics which will see this play well to both club and live audiences.

    The band have opted for a sharp and punchy attack that sees the songs weigh in at around three-to-four minutes in length, and with only eleven songs on the album it does feel like a “love you and leave you experience”. However the one minute ‘Interlude’ does feel a little superfluous as it blends itself into the intro to ‘Lithopedion Boy’.

    In terms of production this is a great example of how to keep a band’s pop appeal without dulling their experimental edginess. There is no set template and every song feels like it has been constructed to individual merit rather than to some set overall plan, which is very refreshing to hear. This is a very strong début from a band looking to surpass its predecessor and forge ahead. KatzKab feel fresh and interesting and with Objet N°1 have easily defined themselves in an ever burgeoning scene.

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