Erotic, comedic and at times even disturbing, we experienced all the feels when Father John Misty stopped by The Fillmore on Saturday night.
FJM (offstage name: Josh Tillman) made his mystical presence known to a screaming crowd as he took the stage. Within minutes he dropped down on his knees, holding a fan’s hand while singing. The crowd soaked in all of his spontaneous behavior. Later in the set he lifted someone’s iPhone to the stage to the excitement of a fan who was recording a video – something he did last time he was in town, at Union Transfer.
The crowd soaked in all this spontaneous (and seemingly spontaneous) behavior, and there were definitely fans that were losing their minds. We even had a fainter in the house. It was made very clear that the audience had a new favorite sex symbol.
The venue erupted when Tillman played “I Love You, Honeybear”; an encore included a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer.” I walked away from The Fillmore thinking that there is no one out there like Father John Misty. Tillman put on a raw and unruly performance that appropriately reflects his intimate songwriting style.
Early in the night the theatrical duo, Tess and Dave, opened the show with costume changes and slow dancing. The indie pop musicians intrigued an eager audience and made a very strong impression.
Check out photos and the setlist below.
Everyman Needs a Companion
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
When You’re Smiling and Astride Me
Only Son of the Ladiesman
Tee Pees 1-12
Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
Funtimes in Babylon
Nancy From Now On
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
I’m Writing a Novel
Now I’m Learning to Love the War
Bored in the USA
This is Sally Hatchet
I Love You, Honeybear
I Went to the Store One Day
Closer (Nine Inch Nails cover)
The Ideal Husband