[LIVE REVIEW] Father John Misty @ Coachella 2013
FATHER JOHN MISTY | APRIL 14, 2013 | COACHELLA FESTIVAL | CALIFORNIA
When you think of the Fleet Foxes you think calm wandering tunes, a group of modest and talented musicians who each take turns on the stage trying not to have one 'front man'. It must have been hard all these years for Joshua Tillman, the drummer quietly sitting at the back of the 5-piece band, sharing the spotlight with so many other talented songwriters and musicians. He has now exploded with his solo project, going under the name of 'Father John Misty' - his outlandish character has finally been unleashed, his closet rockstar released upon the world. This man, is completely mad... And that's why we love him.
Watching as he rampaged around on stage, yelling and wailing, throwing his body around in a performance that could be likened to rock bands of old, I almost expected him to smash a guitar at the end.
Father John Misty - just brought back rock'n'roll. I guess if I were being dramatic I would liken his performance to dynamite, incredibly explosive and somewhat alarming if not surprising. At moments he stood pulling faces, yelling in to the crowd, the next he was roaming around with his microphone stand, making strange hand gestures, dropping to his knees and writhing in his music.
His dance moves were phenomenal, he floated around the stage with loose limbs in a style that could be likened to Devendra Banhart's awkward flailing and Ed MacFarlane's (Friendly Fires) dorky wriggling. Although, Tillman managed to make it all so much sexier. I could be wrong, but I'm fairly sure his pelvic thrusting impregnated several female audience members in the front row, I guess we'll have to wait a couple more months to find out if there are any baby Father John Misty's roaming around the lower west coast of America.
In between songs he joked around with the crowd about being a hologram, threatened to bring R. Kelly up on stage, instructed everyone to invest in a lightsaber and spat beer up in the air.
All this from the mysterious drummer sitting at the back of the Fleet Foxes. Never trust the quiet ones I always say.
- Father John Misty made a new video, launching his own "signature fragrance" (brooklynvegan.com)
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