The Tiger Lillies present their soundtrack to “Goosebumps Alive”, a new promenade show set in London’s dark, abandoned vaults under Waterloo.
R.L. Stine’s best-selling children’s horror stories have been transplanted to the empty railway tunnels beneath Waterloo station, to the award-winning arts venue The Vaults. This exciting and innovative theatrical experience, in a production chiefly aimed at adults and exclusive to London, was the first time the books had been adapted for the stage and pulled out all stops in creating the ghoulish and beautifully haunting world of “Goosebumps Alive”. As audience members were conducted from one spine-tingling recreated scene to the next, propelled by the storytelling of Tom Salamon and peppered with all manner of special effects and animatronics, their ears were further tormented by the original score for the show, created especially by the Tiger Lillies.
The songs from this soundtrack album, Goosebumps, drop the listener right in the middle of the same chilling and macabre tales, and here we discover what happens when our childhood fears become adult nightmares. As they variously terrify, unsettle or appal, the tracks evoke encounters we would much rather avoid: will it be the haunted mask that transfixes you? can you escape from the clutches of the mad scientist? will it be the killer scarecrow that gets you, or is the end being buried alive — or will you find that the real horror is lurking deep inside your own head?
With over 400 million copies of the original books in print the Goosebumps tales clearly struck a chord, and who better to put them to music than the Tiger Lillies with their track record solidly laid down with the award-winning Shockheaded Peter show and its album, not to mention Freakshow and the Lovecraft-inspired Mountains of Madness, a performance in collaboration with Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten). Indeed, elements of a general delight in other people’s suffering could be said to run through many of the band’s albums over the years...
Goosebumps, released on 1 May, presents 14 new and original songs written by band-leader Martyn Jaques, who also dishes up the main vocals and music with accordion, keyboards and guitar. Other unpleasant sounds are supplied by Adrian Stout, not only with upright bass but also theremin, musical saw, guitar and for this album, the lesser-spotted euphonium. Timothy Remfrey beats the skins mercilessly and ghostly sounds float out of Timm Brockmann, or at least his synthesisers.