INTERVIEW: Grammy-nominated Godfathers of Alternative Cabaret, The Tiger Lillies

Can you talk to us more about your song “Free”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I had a Czech girlfriend in Prague in the early 90’s. Her father had been involved in the democracy movement during the Prague spring in ‘68. The Russians sent him to Siberia. This song is about that.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

None but if anyone’s interested in making one get in touch.

The single comes off your new album The Devil’s FairgroundWhat’s the story behind the title?

Prague in the early 90’s was a very hedonistic time. Lots of drugs sex and addiction. Hence a Devil’s Fairground.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote and recorded the songs in my studio in Berlin. The orchestral arranger took them wrote arrangements and then we turned up in Prague, rehearsed them and performed them where they were recorded live. They were then mixed in Prague and mastered back in Berlin.

Having such a major fan base from both civilians and celebrities – does that put any pressure on you as you release any material?

I hadn’t noticed. I just do whatever I feel like.

What role did Prague play on the writing on this record?

It’s a memory of our time there. The people we met as we played in squats bars theaters and rock clubs.

Why this country in particular? 

Because it was the first place we played.

Do you guys find inspiration on much modern bands and acts in and outside your own genre?

No not really.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? 

In the people we met.

Any plans to hit the road? 

We play a lot and we’re always traveling. Turkey and Australia this month.

What else is happening next in The Tiger Lillies’ world?

In Australia we’ll be doing our show on Poe. We’ll be doing a new album 1 penny opera later in the year.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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