|A cat, a dog and a glamour model from Paris|
|With two critically acclaimed and successful
albums, a handful of hit singles and live shows all over Norway, Katthult
has established itself as a first division player in the Norwegian music
industry. But the three-piece pop group has also made their mark
What started as a one off session to record the song "Weaker" for a compilation album in 1999 soon took on a life of its own. "Weaker" was distributed to some of the many download and streaming sites that appeared in the late 1990s, and the song soon made an impact. It went straight to number one on the largest Norwegian site at the time. At the same time it started to climb the charts at major American sites such as MP3.com and Garageband.com. Norwegian media soon picked up on the band, and record companies started to call. The band also won the annual demo contest at the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK P3. More songs were written and rehearsed and many shows were played during the winter of 2000. A record deal with Bonnier Music Group was signed in spring. The band's presence was also felt in Hollywood when the song "One Day" appeared in the popular American TV show "Felicity".
Katthult spent the best part of autumn 2000 in studio recording their first album. The first single, "I See Red", was released in April 2001. The song received massive airplay, and together with the singles "I Want The World To Know", "Learn My Ways" and "Trust Your Heart" paved the way for the albums long stay on the national album chart in autumn 2001. The album got great reviews, and was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy. A successful tour that saw the band play most cities and major clubs in Norway followed.
Writing for the second album started in autumn 2002. Winter 2003 was spent in the Music-a-Matic studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. Producer Johan Forsman, whose previous work includes major Swedish rock acts Soundtrack Of Our Lifes and Weeping Willows, helped the band create a rougher edge to their music. The first single from the album, "Celebrate Me", quickly rose on the Norwegian radio charts to become Katthult's biggest hit to date. It also made an impact on Swedish radio charts. The album "Labrador" was received with applause by critics and fans alike, and was followed by another tour that ended in winter 2004.
In 2005 Katthult started writing for their third album. The band is currently recording the album in legendary Athletic Sound studio in Halden, Norway.