October 2015's Dad Gig: Father John Misty

Eminem seemed greedy when he appeared on the scene boasting three different, distinct personalities (Marshall Mathers III and Slim Shady being the other two), but Josh Tillman, singer-songwriter, guitarist and former drummer for Fleet Foxes, matches the Detroit rapper courtesy of pseudonyms J. Tillman (imaginatively) and Father John Misty.

Josh/J/Father’s brand of off-kilter folk-rock is a million miles away from Shady’s back catalogue though, as he fluctuates seamlessly between heartfelt romance and acerbic barbs on my favourite album of the year so far – I Love You, Honeybear. According to an interview with The Guardian recently, he explained the inspiration for his latest alter-ego was when “I got into a van with enough mushrooms to choke a horse and drove down the coast with nowhere to go.”

That kind of gives you an idea of what to expect. Here’s a better idea:

The Father John Misty tour dates are:

  • Friday 23rd October – QUBSU, Belfast.
  • Monday 26th October – The Plug, Sheffield.
  • Tuesday 27th October – The Junction, Cambridge.
  • Wednesday 28th October – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London.
  • Thursday 29th October – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London.

See more gigs worth booking a baby sitter for at the Dad Gigs page.

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