Joshua Tillman has gone mad, and it is absolutely glorious. Listening to your recorded copy of Father John Misty's Fear Fun
, you may not read literally into the absurd tales that he's telling. But after catching him perform the album live at Music Hall of Williamsburg, I have a new found admiration for the man and his liberated sense of humor, style, and music.
As Tillman described making Fear Fun
, he took "enough mushrooms to choke a horse, and started driving down the coast, with nowhere to go." What he found was Laurel Canyon, and a circus-crew of incredibly talented and eccentric musicians. Together, they create a sound that is a unique blend of their Canyon predecessors, which is tied to Misty's cynical tales of realism.
Misty and his mischievous mercenaries put on one hell of a show. A six-foot-five man rhythmically slithers and manually interprets every hysterically honest verse, while every other face on the stage performs its very own act.
Playing a full set of Fear Fun
, highlights of the show were definitely the dance-along, drunken disco hymn "Nancy From Now On," and the sadistic love story "Tee Pees 1-12," which had ladies in the audience swooning. After being reintroduced to the crowd by Har Mar Superstar aka Sean Tillman, Father John Misty closed the evening with a cover of Canned Heat's "On the Road Again."
Those of us who hit Williamsburg early were lucky to catch the opening act, Jeffertitti's Nile, who is fronted by Father John Misty's bassist (Jeffertitti) in glam-rock sparkles, and Misty himself back behind the drum kit.
Check out the photos from last night below, and keep an eye out for FJM when he returns to NYC this winter.