Father John Misty
on Saturday night at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn was probably the most antagonistic, verbally abusive, drunk-rant filled performance I've ever seen. Fortunately, J. Tillman is a gifted songwriter and performer, and a marginally talented observational comedian. So despite all odds working towards this show being a disaster, it was one of the best I've seen this year.
Josh Tillman came out with his five goofy band mates to the sound of King Crimson's epic "21st Century Schizoid Man," toying with his phone and making some timely jokes about Twitter
. "This is what we do at shows now, right?" He said, continuing the gag through the hour-long set. During the applause breaks in between songs, Tillman's head dipped down to his phone's screen. "Sorry, that was just a moment that I thought was WORTH. IMMORTALIZING. FOREVER." The evening's banter straddled between a thin line between playful observations and cruel heckling. He did, however, apologize at the end of the set, demonstrating that Tillman was harboring at least some good will (and an an entire bottle
of Maker's Mark) inside of him.
The tracks off of Father John Misty's very awesome new album Fear Fun
are what made this event truly great. Upbeat Country-influenced numbers like show-opener "I'm Writing A Novel" and "Tee Pees 1-12" translated to the stage very well. Tillman's hip-shaking antics kept the energy high while his talented band played through slick guitar licks and tight rhythmic turns with ease. Two Fear Fun
highlights, "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" and "This Is Sally Hatchet" were powerful, combining satanic guitar screeches, thundering drums and Tillman's moving voice.
Then, all too soon, the show was over. Father John ended with Fear Fun
opener "Funtimes in Babylon," dropped the mic
and got off the stage, leaving a shattered mic stand in his wake.
Check out some pictures from the show below.