Tiger Lillies: No Hamster Lovers

"I don't, as people may think, visit towns and rush to the nearest pet shop and then back to the hotel ice machine."

But with the lines blurred just so, surely some of his friends — upon hearing his encomium to the animal's "vagina in the sky" on Farmyard Filth — must be wary about leaving Jacques alone in a room with their giraffes.

He laughs this off, describing his friends as "weird and colorful people," though a tinge of regret in his voice causes one to wonder if back in London there isn't a flat with an extremely high ceiling and a sign on the door warning that Martyn Jacques is no longer welcome.

Martyn Jacques (center) and the Tiger Lillies: "We don't write nice songs about anybody."
Andrey Kezzyn
Martyn Jacques (center) and the Tiger Lillies: "We don't write nice songs about anybody."

Location Info


Light Box at Goldman Warehouse

404 NW 26th St., #100
Miami, FL 33127

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District


8 p.m. Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami; 305-576-4350; miamilightproject.com. Tickets cost $25 to $50. The Friday show will be followed by a free season kickoff afterparty where the audience can meet the Tiger Lillies and other artists from this season's Miami Light Project schedule.

It is an unusual world that Jacques and the Tiger Lillies inhabit. In live performances, once the audience recovers from its initial shock, the band is able to create an atmosphere in which beauty and individuality are celebrated above all else. The songs cease to be about characters and become about people.

"I like people who are like Miami," Jacques says. "There's too much conformity and too much grayness and not enough humor in the human race. Virtually everything we do is a kind of madness, really."

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