Tiger Lillies Shocking Fun
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.
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
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