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A celebration of sin ? with puppets

"You?re all going to Hell. That?s the message the Tiger Lillies are gleefully preaching with the help of a punk Mister Punch and his civil partner Jude" - 7 Deadly Sin review (4 Stars)

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(4 Stars)

You?re all going to Hell. That?s the message the Tiger Lillies are gleefully preaching with the help of a punk Mister Punch and his civil partner Jude.

Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly influence the Lillies? distinctive sound, which flavours toe-tapping folk with punk effrontery. The puppet show ? a twisted modern Creation myth that casts Punch and Jude as a hedonistic Adam and Eve working their way through the Seven Deadly Sins ? provides a narrative around which to weave their latest set of sin-themed numbers.

While the show?s lyrical content ranges from death by diarrhoea to kicking babies down the stairs, musically the set is a fairly safe mix of rowdy dance tunes and more sedate balladry, and the majority of the songs are built around essentially the same hooks.
It also seems a shame to waste such a lively set of tunes on an audience that can only sit down and tap their feet in appreciation (or frown in disapproval). But as frontman Martyn (high-pitched and stiff-jointed in skull make-up) and fire-eating burlesque diva Ophelia Bitz constantly remind us, this isn?t a rock concert. It?s punk cabaret: it?s about the spectacle, not just the music.

The Spiegel Garden, 667 8940, until 25 Aug, 9.45pm, ?15??17 (?13??14).

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