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It's been a long time since The Tiger Lillies turned from a band popular solely among London boheme to a legend of international underground movement.

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It's been a long time since The Tiger Lillies turned from a band

popular solely among London boheme to a legend of international

underground movement. By now they've released 17 albums (many of them

were re-released in UK, USA, Germany and Russia), and loyal fans look

forward too see them performing in theaters, clubs, churches, classical

concert halls, former factories and all other stages they happen to

step on.


 The Tiger Lillies trio was founded in the end of the 1980s.

Critics used to compare them with The Pogues and Tom Waits, labelling

them as street opera, cabaret and post-punk. But none of these labels

stuck to the band. The Tiger Lillies are too individualistic to exist

within certain limits or to imitate someone.


 Really, one can notice that The Tiger Lillies' music is

influenced by many famous singers and musicians, from Jacques Brel and

Spike Jones to Edith Piaf, Louis Armstrong and Sondheim. Plenty of

musical genres (gypsy ballads, German cabaret style, French chanson,

street repertoire) are split into pieces and then those elements are

mixed together, giving birth to a new creation.


 The Tiger Lillies consist of three musicians: Martyn Jacques

(vocal, accordion), Adrian Stout (contrabass) and Adrian Huge (drums

and percussion). They use only acoustic instruments, and do not

hesitate to widen the traditional set of guitar, accordion and violin

with a cycle honk, a two-handed saw or a fast-action door. The result

is eclectic and eccentric music of great emotional power.


 The lyrics vary from one extreme to another. Either it is a

careless wild joy, close to the one you see and feel at carnivals or it

is shrill and touching. What is really striking is their unreserved

striving for shocking the sensibilities. Their dirty blues speaks of

prostitutes and invalids, freaks and drug queens, drug addicts and

losers, about homeless and infirm people, about sex with flies, about

Jesus Christ and about murders. "We sing about those things people

normally do not like to think of," Martyn says. Indeed, they do and

that's why they are so postmodern. What saves the situation and makes

people still listen to them and even truly enjoy their songs is the way

of performing and a great sense of humor. All those sensitive topics

are presented in a beautiful theater manner, with pleasant tunes and

funny sounds and tricks. Moscow was conquered by all this a few years

ago; in all the clubs they sang at full capacity. By the way, The Tiger

Lillies have released a joint project with Rus sian legendary Leningrad

band which is also known for shocking and censored lyrics. Other

projects of The Tiger Lillies included cooperation with David Byrne,

Blixa Bargeld and Kronos Quartet.


 Club na Brestskoi


 September 9, 10, at 10:00 p.m.


 6, 2nd Brestkaya St. (entrance from 1st Brestskaya St.)


 Phone: 200 09 36


 Metro: Belorusskaya, Mayakovskaya

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