The music, sometimes described as "Brechtian punk cabaret", is a startling mixture of opera, gypsy song and left bank Paris, but what really marks out this band from any other is the emotional charge and raw passion of their live delivery.
Promoting their twenty-first release, Urine Palace, the trio were born to stun and inspire thought.
Defying any singular description, the Tiger Lillies operate within their own eccentric definitions.
Formed in 1989, they have toured the world both with the Shockheaded Peter production and by themselves, developing a dedicated following from New York and San Francisco in the US to St Petersburg in Russia.
"Bigger, prouder and fleshily engorged with the pustule throb of the garishly gaudy and gloriously obscene." - Time Out
Their live shows never fail to provoke, and are, both, funny, tender, consistently raw and often disturbing.
They are designed to challenge and disorientate, to create tension and confusion but never at the expense of entertainment.
"Brilliantly twisted" - The Guardian
A night with the Tiger Lillies is like being transported back to Berlin's cabarets of the 1920s with shows packed with stories full of eccentricity, blasphemy and weirdness, but also full of fantasy, poetry, magic and love.
This extraordinary trio is fronted by magnificent singer Martyn Jacques who trained as an opera singer with a castrato voice of heartbreaking beauty whilst living above a strip joint in Soho for seven years.
He is accompanied by drummer Adrian Huge whose appearance was described by David Byrne 'as a James Joyce on drums', and double bass player Adrian Stout.
Their songs are not for the easily offended, as Martyn sings about pimps, prostitutes, con men and countless other shifty characters from contemporary Britain's underbelly.
Tiger Lillies visit Komedia on Thursday 18 & Friday 19 October at 8.30pm.
Tickets are £17.50/£15 conc. and available on-line at Komedia Brighton or from the Box Office on 01273 647100.