After almost four years keeping the beat for Fleet Foxes, J. Tillman has embarked on his own career with Father John Misty. His new album, Fear Fun, was released yesterday on Sub Pop records. And he’s taking this new show on the road, hitting Los Angeles on Friday, May 4, and San Francisco on Saturday, May 5. A musical departure from the harmonic folk-pop Fleet Foxes put on the map, Father John Misty brings a brooding bluesy, country-leaning act.
The first single off the album, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” is an infectious track that I have had on repeat for the past month. The song begins with an unassuming beat, quickly pulls into a catchy guitar progression, and hits its stride as Tillman begins singing. From verse to chorus to verse and back again, the “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” pulls you in and will bounce around your head for weeks on end.
Bottom of the Hill is one of San Franciscos’s best small venues. Har Mar Superstar, the most well-known project from Sean Tillmann (no relation), will open for Father John Misty in San Francisco. If the music or dark mystique surrounding Fear Fun haven’t convinced you to check out this show, then let Har Mar Superstar’s self-obessed and sexually charged performance pull you to what promises to be Bay Area’s show of the week. And that’s saying a lot; Bassnectar is hitting his San Jose hometown on Saturday. (Author’s note: I totally had tickets to see Bassnectar and, without an ounce of hesitation, decided to go to Bottom of the Hill as soon as I found out about Tillman(n)s’ show.)
Tickets for Saturday’s Bottom of the Hill show in San Francisco are available directly from the venue online or at the door.
Tickets for First Friday featuring Father John Misty and AA Bondy at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles are sold out–sorry, LA!
The video for the single features Parks & Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza and sets the morbid, surreal, and oddly personal tone of Fear Fun. Rabbits Black will have a full review of the album. Until then, check out the video for “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and begin your obsession with this year’s best new artist, song, and album.