Father John Misty plays the Vic

Inevitably, I always find an album or two sometime after the new year that I wish I had discovered before my year-end best list. Father John Misty falls in that camp for me this year. The only explanation I have for ignoring a fairly well-known artist last year is guilt by association. Father John Misty is Joshua Tillman, the former drummer for Fleet Foxes. Because I’m not a big Fleet Foxes fan, I assumed I wouldn’t like Tillman’s own band. I was definitely wrong.

Father John Misty is dark, intense, gripping music. It’s a bit anachronistic — a throwback to early ’70s and late ’60s. But this is good stuff — not the sweet harmonizing of Fleet Foxes.  I can recommend last year’s Fear Fun without reservation. If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket to Friday’s sold-out Vic show headlined by the Walkmen, definitely show up early enough for Father John Misty.


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