By Hugh on Apr 3 2007
Vermillion Lies is a circus-cabaret group out of… California? That amuses me to no end, but the music is as authentic as you’re going to find anywhere (perhaps there is hope for the West Coast after all). The band’s headed by two sisters, both of whom are quite capable singers. I’m not sure which sister sings No Good, but her voice sounded exactly like Katharine Whalen’s, the lady who sang for the Squirrel Nut Zippers; this can only be a good thing. While the singing is different on their other songs, it’s still good enough that they can make the lyric “It’s true you are my fish filet” sound sexy. Words to melt any man’s heart, I suppose. If that wasn’t enough, their guitarist has also worked with Tom Waits and The Tiger Lillies. There aren’t many bands that can say that, and none that seem as strange as a circus-cabaret group from California.