The Tiger Lillies, poets of the macabre and pioneers of dark cabaret, have released their latest LP – a byproduct of the times, COVID-19. The band have made one track from the record available to stream, take a listen to Sanitizer Survivor below.
COVID-19 is a 17-track reflection of the band’s experiences amid the ongoing pandemic – with Martyn Jacques, band leader and primary songwriter reporting that the last months have left him feeling like “a goldfish in a bowl”, his full statement accompanying the album’s release here:
COVID-19 came out of the blue and left me unable to do the thing which I’ve always done for the last 30 years – perform! The thing which has kept me alive materially, occupied my time and kept me sane.
For me the act of singing to an audience has been my emotional and artistic release. COVID-19 stopped all that and for the last 3 weeks I’ve felt like a goldfish in a bowl.
My only way of staying relatively sane has been to sing songs about the madness of this . Here’s the album we’ve recorded, me isolating in my studio in Berlin, my band member Adrian [Stout] isolating in his studio in Athens. COVID-19’.Martyn Jacques, The Tiger Lillies Bandcamp page.
In support of the COVID-19’s release – and as live shows are an impossibility worldwide – Jacques and Adrian Stout gave a live streamed performance of the album in full, over Zoom. Watch that below.
This album also notably features The Tiger Lillies in a duo configuration – as percussionist Jonas Golland shows up in neither the album’s credits, nor the live streamed performance.
The world was first introduced to the grim world of The Tiger Lilies in 1989, following the release of their debut album, Bouquet Of Vegetables. According to an old version of the band’s website (via Wayback Machine) – Jacques developed his signature ‘operatic’ voice over seven years – six of which were spent living in solitude above a brothel in London’s Soho. Before devoting himself to studying the “castrati style of voice”, he was reported to have been a university dropout student from Lampeter’s Theology and Philosophy course (according to Wikipedia).
Watch The Tiger Lillies perform The Crack Of Doom below:
Consider supporting The Tiger Lillies by purchasing COVID-19 through Bandcamp – and help ensure that the band stay fed and able to soundtrack humanity’s next (or last) doomsday moment.
COVID-19’s full track listing:
- Keep Washing Your Hands
- Off To The Park
- Sanitizer Survivor
- Step Up
- Corona Was A Beer Once
- Cancellation Blues
- Toilet Rolls Mummy
- When You Die Alone
- Supermarket Shelves
- Social Distancing
- It’s Not Easy
- Will We Ever Play Again