Fittingly, the Tiger Lillies have given us their interpretation of Kraus’ work which first featured in a theatrical manufacturing of Final Days of Mankind at Leith Theatre in 2018. The ‘Brechtian road opera trio’ (to cite one other’s description of the band that goes a good distance in summing them up in as many phrases) have captured with deft musical and narrative precision the inanity and futility that underlined such a horrific time in historical past. Albeit, not with out each the sarcasm and black humour, and at occasions poignant magnificence, that shall be acquainted to those that know the band’s repertoire. Battle is Not Truthful, Toddler Mortality or Treason are just a few good examples from this set of songs.
With musical noticed, theremin and a percussive adorned drum package augmenting the attribute falsetto and emerald inexperienced accordion of lead singer songwriter Martyn Jacques, the Tiger Lillies have an unmistaken distinct look and sound. They’re massively prolific, releasing six studio albums within the final two-and-a-half years alone, and have received an Olivier award and been nominated for a Grammy. They’re additionally quick turning into an everyday on the equally distinctive East Finish music corridor that makes for the right venue for The Tiger Lillies’ theatrical performances.
Their 12-night run is because of end Saturday 17 September and naturally has crossed over the time for the reason that Queen’s dying and nationwide mourning. Therefore, a way of dour melancholy that appeared to lurk within the shadows of the 200-year-old music corridor, in search of to bolster a way of portent as we transition right into a not so new future the place the previous appears to repeat itself again and again. Hopefully, The Tiger Lillies will nonetheless be round for a lot of extra years to loosen up these darker days.
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