The Tiger Lillies Look Back to the Velvet Revolution With ‘Cut’: Premiere

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Tiger Lillies' upcoming album, The Devil's Fairground, has been practically 30 years within the making -- together with the monitor "Cut," premiering solely under.

The album, due out Feb. 15, the album harks again to the British trio's visits to Prague within the wake of the 1989 Velvet Revolution. "It was fairly a particular time within the story of Europe, I suppose," frontman Martyn Jacques tells Billboard. "The Soviets have been gone but it surely was a time earlier than capitalism arrived. It was type of a vacuum. There was no tourism. The solely individuals who got here from America, for instance, have been freaks and punks or from subcultures -- lengthy hair, leather-based jackets, tattoos, that type of factor. It was a really attention-grabbing time -- and somewhat hedonistic. It was a enjoyable time."

The Devil's Fairground, recorded stay with an orchestra final 12 months, captures all that with palpable fondness and in Tiger Lillies' common darkish cabaret type, with stark preparations and emotive vocals. There's a theatricality that advantages the trio's supply, significantly in the course of the dramatic "Cut," which Jacques calls certainly one of his favourite efficiency moments.

"It's fairly easy; I'm saying we're all gonna die, and I am going round and look into the viewers faces and inform them that," he explains. "At the very finish I say, 'Your throats will all be minimize,' and the final line is, 'You'll all be f***ed' and it simply stops there and the viewers tends to chuckle uncomfortable. But they chuckle.

"It's humorous since you hearken to an album and sure songs don’t at all times correspond to songs that work the most effective stay. But that tune works very well stay."

Tiger Lillies plan to play exhibits "with numerous orchestras in numerous international locations," principally in Europe and Australia, to advertise The Devil's Fairground. The group has additionally put collectively tune cycle model of Hamlet for which Jacques wrote 19 songs, and in the course of the previous month he's been writing 5 songs a day to be used in "numerous initiatives." "It's simply what I do. I write songs," Jacques says. "They're all earmarked -- some for the following album, some for a present, some for the longer term. I like to put in writing a number of materials in order that after we're not doing exhibits and we've got time to (report) I've loads of stuff prepared. It's like a bit of cottage trade, the entire thing."

The Devil's Fairground additionally comes as Tiger Lillies celebrates the group's 30th anniversary. That will doubtless be commemorated in some trend -- Jacques notes that "there's one huge undertaking I can’t really discuss but" -- and the troupe doesn't see it ending any time quickly. "We've by no means stopped working, and there's solely three of us in order that makes an enormous distinction as nicely," Jacques says. "Some reminiscences appear very current and a few reminiscences appear very distant. We've by no means actually crossed over to the rock world; We've at all times been rather more welcomed by theater and efficiency arts festivals, issues like that. But we've at all times bought paid and made a dwelling from it, which is a superb factor."