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Saturday Dec 29, 2012 (8pm)



El Rey (Venue Partner)

5515 Wilshire Blvd




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We don't yet know the exact content of all of Father John Misty's sermons, but his previous track record and first single, "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings," is enough to make us converts. The Father is the moniker of Josh Tillman, a solo artist who had been moonlighting as the drummer for Fleet Foxes. Fear Fun, the Father's first album, derives from Tillman's occupation with humor, sex, and mischief. Musically, some divergent influences are at play, including Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, and All Things Must Pass; sometimes all mingling in same song. Tillman preaches his good word tonight at the El Rey.

Mindy Bond, Flavorpill

El Rey says…

Joshua Tillman (born May 3, 1981) is an American folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. He is also the former drummer for the Philadelphia-based band Saxon Shore (2001 to 2004) and the Seattle-based band Fleet Foxes (2008 to 2012). He departed Fleet Foxes to focus on his solo album under the moniker Father John Misty. Tillman has maintained a steady output of solo recordings since 2004 and has toured the US and Europe extensively with Pacific Northwest artists such as Damien JuradoJesse Sykes, and David Bazan.

After shortly attending College in New York , Joshua moved to Seattle. Upon moving there he found a job working at a bakery, which allowed him to record at night before his 4:30AM shift began. After making a demo, it eventually found its way to Seattle singer/songwriter Damien Jurado. A year later Joshua started opening for Damien. At shows Joshua would handout CD-R copies of songs that would later become his album "I Will Return". During the tour, he also struck up a friendship with Eric Fisher, who produced another CD-R album, "Long May You Run". Both albums were originally released on Keep Recordings. Both Tillman and Jurado later signed on for a U.S. tour with Richard Buckner.