Band: Wunderkammer
Country: Norway
Genre: Rock, Gipsy, Klezmer, Pop, Punk (iTunes says World)
Language: English, Instrumental


Short bio:

Wunderkammer was (yes, past tense, sadly) a Norwegian band that made mindblowingly beautiful and emotional music while more stubbornly avoiding categorization than any other band I know of. Their lyrics consist mostly of poetry from Edgar Allen Poe to Egon Bondy, with the occasional instrumental in between. The B-Sides EP is a little more punk-influenced and occasionally reminds of a more tones down Gogol Bordello, their other stuff occasionally gets compared to Tom Waits, Nick Cave and fellow (actually Wunderkammer-inspired) Norwegians Kaizers Orchestra, but doesn't really sound like any of the above.

The band was led by Paal Jackman, with a core of a handful of musicians from rock/jazz/klezmer backgrounds, and an ever-revolving list of guests depending on which town they happened to be playing in. Today I Can Not Hear Music got pretty great reviews when it was released in 2002, among others from both metal and folk zines, so I guess it's safe to say that it doesn't only appeal to Gipsy-Rock fanatic English Lit students :)

The bad news: there is no website, there is no myspace, there isn't anything online besides spotify :/ The only thing I can point you to is this trailer for Paal Jackman's movie Jernanger, for which he wrote the music and used some old Wunderkammer tracks (the good stuff starts about halfway in), and the myspace of Jackman solo (of the songs on there Erlkoenig is by far closest to Wunderkammer).

(or if you have a buck or two to spare, download some songs from iTunes , it's worth it! (I'd recommend Sheepster & Wolf (instrumental) and The Sun Was Setting...)

the only English review I could dig up:
and two interviews: with a metal mag, and the kaizers orchestra fanpage

Band: Jann Wilde & The Neon Comets 
Country: Finland.
Genre: Indie / Pop / Rock / Glam
Language: English
Here you will find 6 songs to listen.
Short bio:
Jann Wilde is a singer/songwriter from Tampere, Finland. After playing in many local bands in southern Finland he moved to Tampere and started writing and recording songs under the pseudonym Jann Wilde. The last name came from Oscar Wilde and the first name from his real name. The autumn 2004 saw the release of his first demo EP (Boys Out Of New York) which instantly sold well and received critical acclaim. Jann Wilde was then asked to front the new glam group Rose Avenue. This meant numerous gigs and a steadily growing cult following in Finland...
However, the end of the summer of 2007 brought bad news as the band announced that they have split up due to musical and personal differences.
Jann Wilde and drummer Tender Rexx soon formed a new band with new members Dean Martini (bass), Kaide Palmer (keyboards) and Robin Savage (guitar) and in 2008 Jann Wilde & The Neon Comets were born. The first single from the new album was the title track Neon City Rockers which was released as a digital download. The album hit the stores on August 27th, 2008.

Lover Lover Lover live @ vastavirta klubi in Tampere, July 12th 2008. Great gig. :D

Boys Out of New York from the Rose Avenue project:song sample player behind cut )

Album review of Neon City Rockers.


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