Father John Misty
plus Magic Trick
Friday, Jan 11, 2013 8:30 PM EST
(7:30 PM Doors)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
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, created the Father John Misty alter-ego as a way to bring humor, sex, mischief, and sensual frankness to the occasionally arid world of indie rock. Father John Misty's album, Fear Fun brings to mind the earthy realities of Waylon Jennings, the spiritual concerns of "All Things Must Pass", and the hedonist boudoir leanings of Led Zeppelin. This woozy Dionysus took a page from the poets, rockers, and reprobates of years past: he shroomed out, drove to Laurel Canyon, and essentially languished there in a post-Fleet Foxes reverie of writing. Once he emerged from that former hippie oasis, Tillman then journeyed to Los Angeles, linked up with engineers Phil Ek and Jonathan Wilson, and put together Fear Fun. The end result feels a little more like the late ‘60s and ‘70s -- Harry Nilsson, anyone? -- than some of today's bearded indie chest-thumpers who are just jumping up and down trying to prove their authenticity. Father John Misty isn't really real, but the fiction he makes you live in your ears probably seems often more real than real life. Now, wrap your head around that one And wrap your ears around Father John Misty! Magic Trick features Tim Cohen, from the Fresh & Onlys, and Alicia Vanden Heuvel, from the Aislers Set.