The Bowery Presents (Venue Partner)
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Father John Misty
Monday Jan 14 (9pm)
“We've never been terribly religious, but whatever Father John Misty is selling, we're absolutely buying. An invention of Josh Tillman, who previously recorded music under J Tillman and drummed for Fleet Foxes, the good father released his stellar debut Fear Fun via Sup Pop in May 2012. Easy on the eyes with sexy dance moves to boot, his humorous folk-tinged narratives are purportedly born from his Los Angeles plunge and 'shrooming adventures. In terms of musical influences, he's been known to call on Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell and George Harrison. A character that should definitely be taken in live, Misty recently rocked the Coachella boat with a inspired cover of I Believe I Can Fly. For tonight's spectacle, he's joined by Tim Cohen's Magic Trick.”
When discussing ‘Father John Misty’, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: ‘It’s all of me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it’. What I call it is totally arbitrary, but I like the name. You’ve got to have a name. I never got to choose mine.” He goes on, “‘People who make records are afforded this assumption by the culture that their music is coming from an exclusively personal place, but more often than not what you hear are actually the affectations of an ‘alter-ego’ or a cartoon of an emotionally heightened persona,” says Josh Tillman, who has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011. “That kind of emotional quotient isn’t sustainable if your concern is portraying a human-being made up of more than just chest-beating pathos. I see a lot of rampant, sexless, male-fantasy everywhere in the music around me. I didn’t want any alter-egos, any vagaries, fantasy, escapism, any over-wrought sentimentality. I like humor and sex and mischief. So when you think about it, it’s kind of mischievous to write about yourself in a plain-spoken, kind of explicitly obvious way and call it something like ‘Misty’. I mean, I may as well have called it ‘Steve’.”