Josh Tillman, also known as Father John Misty, spent the majority of 2017 in headlines; assisted by the release of Pure Comedy early in the year, a worldwide – often sold out – tour, an odd feud with Ryan Adams, and a dash of his classic trolling (like his response to the Taylor Swift v PopFront debacle. After spending the better part of the year tracking article after article I was anxious to cover one of his sold out shows.
Misty started the set with the first four tracks from Pure Comedy – later peppering in three more tracks from the album into his twenty-two song set. Wide eyed and slack jawed the crowd watched the Comedy caricatures projected behind the band and absorbed the full sound warming up a cold room. The sold out concert hall was seated for the first third of the show – but the hush of the audience wasn’t uncomfortable or disengaged – eventually being coaxed out of their chairs by Misty around the time he played “Only Son of the Ladiesman”. Just like that the bodies began to sway, singing along and smiling through the occasional banter between songs.