Josh Tillman — a/k/a Tillman, a/k/a Father John Misty — is one hell of a dancer. Though some knew his prior solo work, or his stint as the drummer in Fleet Foxes, all preconceived notions for the experimental folk/rock impresario disintegrated when he started touring under a new moniker behind Sub Pop–issued Fear Fun last spring. He checked his hips to the uplifting swells of "Only Son of the Ladiesman," he clenched his fists and shook it to "I'm Writing a Novel," and scores of concert-goers followed suit behind the man with the new name.
Now, Tillman's out on his most ambitious jaunt yet, a three-and-a-half-month tour including dates on the S.S. Coachella and an extensive stay in Europe. "Inspiration is a tricky bitch, and it doesn't always hit you in the most likely places," he says of writing on the road, which he's currently doing. "I write all over the place. I've written in weirder places than the proverbial road." Does this mean that we'll get a glimpse of the next Father John Misty record in the flesh? Nope. Definitely not, thanks to "the YouTube thing."
"[This tour] is a lifeless cabaret act purely of the songs of Fear Fun," says Tillman, laughing. "I still in some naïve way believe in the impact of putting out a record for the first time and having it be a new experience curated by the artist. I just don't really like the idea of new songs floating around on the Internet before there's an album out for them. I love the album, that's the thing, and I like people having an experience with that."
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