Out And About: Father John Misty At Terminal 5
  • THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013

  • Posted by: David Spelman

About halfway through his set, Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, requested that Terminal 5's disco ball be put to full use in order to turn the venue into his own personal "Terminal 54". That's the sort of night it was for Tillman, who owned the stage with his swaying in the wind dance moves, sunglasses on and cigarette in hand. He has a certain energy that can't be replicated, and I truly believe he would bring that every night even without amphetamines running through his veins.

Sometimes I worry about the crowd at Terminal 5, but this was clearly an audience of devoted fans, belting out every word of Fear Fun's deeper cuts like "Everyman Needs a Companion" and "Only Son of the Ladiesman" in addition to popular tracks "I'm Writing a Novel". Straddling the line between Jim Morrison and someone making fun of Jim Morrison, Father John Misty made stunts like singing with his microphone stand completely upside down work, while others, such as trying to wrap the mic cord around his neck or struggling to hop back on stage after singing from the photography pit, were met with Tillman's hilariously self-deprecating comments about trying to make this a memorable night for everyone.



The encore included an excellent cover of "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (I would pay a lot of money to sing the backing "bang bang shoot shoot" for Tillman) and closed with the powerful slow burn of "I Love You, Honey Bear", which he claimed was called "Freebird". While Father John Misty is becoming known for his tongue-in-cheek smart aleck stage banter, it is really his extremely passionate singing and strong psych-folk melodies that will continue to endear him to his loyal fanbase.

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