|Photo Credit: Emma Tillman|
With two LPs in the bag and a third rumoured to be on its way, Father John Misty is a big name in the states, but is still some what of a cult figure here in the UK. Not that any of that makes a difference tonight, the room is packed and the drinks are flowing, the universal recipe for a good night.
With a talented band behind him, the songs are performed with more edge than the studio versions, tracks such as Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings and Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow really come alive, crossing the boundary from great tunes into bring the house down essentials.
With the stage bathed in lights and the crowd braying for more, the band run through the best cuts from their past two records, highlights include the slightly spaced out Nancy From Now On and the dark romantic ode I Love You, Honeybear.
Everything runs according to plan until Bored in the USA, where an inebriated fan decides to break one of the tracks many pinta pauses with a high pitched screech. To which Tillman calmly (and very cooly) replies...
"You are an idiot".
Stepping off stage for a breather, the encore well and truly saves the best for last. A solo acoustic performance of I Went To The Store One Day successfully mellows the crowd to peak level, bringing a sense of romanticism in the air.
The mood lingers for a few seconds after the track before being promptly discarded as Tillman announces he's going to play his favourite love song, abruptly kicking in to a cover of Nine Inch Nail's Closer. It's quite the moment and the band are more than capable of doing the song justice.
The show climaxes with a raucous rendition of The Ideal Husband, proving the Father can deliver rock n' roll intensity just as well as heartbreaking blues. Tillman and his band have well and truly demonstrated they belong in music's upper tier to this crowd, and it won't be long until the rest of the UK recognises that too.