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The Tiger Lillies – Live In Concert (Bound & Gagged Comedy By Arrangement With Tim Whitehead Management)

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2013

Don’t be misled by their flyer, they aren’t a dark vaudevillian choir, but a three-piece with an eclectic range of instruments. And if I was able to sway along to their avant-garde music rather than being stuck in my seat I might have enjoyed them more. Beautiful too with their Dickensian dress and shadowy painted faces enhanced by the smoke and lights. I expected a voice similar to Tom Waits to emerge from singer, Martyn Jacques, but instead it’s an eerie falsetto. He tries to be shocking with the dark matter in his songs, but every second one seems to be about “cum”, and after a week of cabaret this subject matter is already tiresome.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 17 Aug, 10.20pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Samantha Strachan]