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Marina & The Kats

Jazz, Neo-Swing
  • Marina Zettl
    Vocals, Brushes
  • Thomas Mauerhofer
    Guitar, Vocals
  • Harald Baumgartner
    Percussion, Guitar, Vocals
  • Peter Schoenbauer
    Acoustic Bass, Vocals, Bassdrum
  • Also bookable as a sextet or with Chamber Quartet
Booking-territory: Germany, Schwitzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg

Anyone who thought that the Viennese band had presented their most original album to date with “Different” will be proven wrong: standing still is not part of the band’s vocabulary. “Friendly Fire” is the name of the latest longplayer with which MARINA & THE KATS are making their mark on contemporary swing music.

With their mixture of modern indie sounds and nostalgic swing, they have been delighting fans all over the world since the release of their debut album “Small”. The result is an exciting dynamic that appeals to both those who long for the past and those who are in search of new sounds. In short: a captivating mix of old and new that sounds familiar and fresh at the same time.

If you don’t know this Austrian band yet, firstly you’ve missed something and secondly you should know the following: Three of the four band members actively play drums or share a set. “The concept of ‘shared drums’ has never existed before and makes it interesting for us and gives us the freedom to stand out from other bands,” says the band.

This is precisely the trademark of M&TK. There is no other band with this completely unique sound!


Marina & The Kats originated in Graz in 2015 – in a small dive where people like to “stay pecking” until 6 a.m., as they say in Austria. No sooner said than done. They party and dance to the sound of the golden swing era. Very soon the musicians move to the capital and in Vienna the idea becomes a band. A band that combines the old with the new. Out of necessity, three of the four band members share a drum set among themselves and have created a trademark that they call “Shared Drums”. What does that mean exactly? In M&TK, the bass player also takes over the bass drum, Marina plays two drums and Hari grabs the cymbals and two more toms. A completely independent sound, namely indie swing, is born.

The band celebrates a brilliant debut with “Small” (2015). For the two songs “Small” & “Dirty” they received the Songwriter Award of the ACA (Austrian Composers Association) in 2016. The double album “Wild” already followed in 2016 and the subsequent tours were really something with about 90 shows a year. It is probably due to this that the album “Swingsalabim”, released in 2019, is noticeably rougher.

M&TK use the compulsory break in 2020 to do what they themselves call “basic research”. This proves to be exactly right and important, because in 2021 they push out of the silence with their new indie swing album “Different” and consolidate a completely independent band sound. With this album, the four once again prove their exceptional position in the Austrian music scene. The content as well as the sound have become clearer and more self-confident. Marina says, “I think with the album Different we have finally arrived with M&TK where we originally wanted to be – you could also say we have grown up as a band.” In their adopted home of Vienna, the gang is usually conspicuous by its absence, as their shows take them from Israel, to Cyprus, Russia, Tunisia, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and also the USA.

Album releases: “DIFFERENT” (2021, Parramatta/Sony), “SWINGSALABIM” (2019, O-Tone Music/Edel), “WILD” (2016, O-Tone Music/Edel), “SMALL” (2015, O-Tone Music/Edel).


„Rising the curtain for M&TK.  They are really only three but they do swing like a dozen.“ Hessischer Rundfunk

„The singer plays with her brushes on the snare drum while singing, the bass player is also hitting the bass drum and the guitarist is plucking the strings in best Gypsy Jazz tradition. Their virtuosity is obvious but never forced. Here, Jazz is music to dance to and above all, it’s what it (also) was in the 30ties: Pop.“ Ö1 / Austrian National Radio

“Marina & The Kats are indulging in Swing and the music of the Ballrooms.  Vintage feel is perfectly celebrated with a Gipsy-Guitar, loads of style and singer Marina Zettel’s charming and seductive voice.” Jazzthetik

„Small is beautiful – like a fresh breeze of air, the music of M&TKs is floating out of the speakers“ JazzThing

“Above all, the sound of her voice was fascinating: rigorously present, crystal clear, almost sharp – and of irresistible charm.” Wiesbadener Tagblatt

“Apart from Marina’s charming voice, her sophisticated play with the brushes on the snare drum is admirable. Marina & the Kats are certainly unique within the Central-European music world. Their premiere at Ingolstadt was a concert truly worth seeing and hearing.” Donaukurier


This is modern indie swing from Vienna.

The band, which originally started out as a three-piece and has since grown into a quartet, has been one of the most exciting and thrilling bands in the country, if not Europe, for years. Anyone who has ever enjoyed one of their numerous shows, bursting with energy, will confirm this. No less than three of the four band members actively play drums. “Shared drums doesn’t make it easier,” the band themselves say about it, “but it makes it more powerful.” Because that is the Marina & The Kats trademark, a completely independent sound that mercilessly drives the songs forward and ensures that no one can escape the groove at the concerts.

The songs on the new album, which the gang around bandleaders Marina and Thomas recorded in the last few months, benefit from this in particular. For on the one hand, “Different”, the title of the new record, presents itself as rough, direct and wonderfully rowdy. On the other hand, the songs on the album are of course also a musical reflection of the last year. A rollercoaster ride that started promisingly with concerts in Israel, Germany and Austria, but then came to an abrupt halt. Just as the band itself saw its urge to go on stage curtailed from one moment to the next and suddenly had to come to terms with standstill and slowness where before there had been pure drive and enthusiasm.

Turned back onto themselves, what Marina & The Kats call “basic research” began. How can, how do we want to sound in 2021 and beyond? Do we allow ourselves the luxury of doing things differently? Just write music that we like and find out where that takes us? Will it be enough if only we like it? The result of this self-discovery process was recorded live by the band – in keeping with the cliché, “Different” features four thoroughbred musicians who respond to and react to each other, who – if it serves the song and the feeling it is supposed to convey – also forgive minor mistakes once in a while and uncompromisingly make music straight from the heart.

It is obvious that the title song is about being different. For Marina, it’s also about knowing who you are and who you want to be. And about the difficulty of going one’s own way without always listening to others. Pressure” also deals with an omnipresent phenomenon. While some bow to the pressure or break under it, Marina thrives on it. The tighter the deadline, the greater the pressure, the better and more alive. Marina herself calls deadlines her “shoulder to lean on”. Sorry” is all about how hard it can be to get the word “sorry” past your lips, while “Speak Softly” deals with the fact that those who shout the loudest are not necessarily automatically right. In times like these, this is of course a topic of the greatest topicality. And with “Just Like You”, Marina & The Kats take a bow to parents. To their own as well as to parents in general – whichever way you turn it: At the end of the day, we carry more of them in us than we want to admit.

With “Different”, Marina & The Kats once again prove their exceptional position in the Austrian music scene. It is an album to listen to, to dance to and to celebrate, just like the albums before. But at the same time it is more up-to-date than ever and more courageous than ever.

MARINA & THE KATS + Chamber Quartet:
M&TK have developed into one of the most exciting Austrian bands in recent years and have also established themselves not only in German-speaking countries but throughout Europe. They sound strong and idiosyncratic on their most recently released longplayer “Different”, the “Shared Drums” have not only become their trademark but have also taken centre stage and the band confidently calls their style Indie-Swing.
After a noisy 2021 tour has taken them through Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, there is room for the quieter sounds on this evening – which doesn’t immediately mean that it will be quiet, because it rarely remains that way at their concerts. A specially arranged programme for band and chamber quartet illuminates selected songs from the previous four albums from a completely new angle and gives them a new outfit.

Marina Zettl – Vocals, Drums
Thomas Mauerhofer – Guitars, Vocals
Peter Schönbauer – Bass, Bass Drum, Vocals
Harald Baumgartner – Drums, Vocals
Mihoko Ikezawe – Viola
Maiken Beer – Cello
Martin Harms – Flute
Gerald Selig – Bass clarinet

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