Father John Misty @ Sage Gateshead

Posted on May 16th 2016 by Whats on Northeast

With Twitter still ablaze from the fallout of his awkward Radio 6 interview I went into this gig wondering whether the man who had written two of my favourite albums of past five years, 2012’s Fear Fun, and 2015’s ridiculously titled, but ridiculously brilliant I Love You… Honeybear, was in in reality not a very pleasant human being. But in witnessing first-hand the energetic whirlwind that was his utterly captivating live show, I can give him the benefit of the doubt for being tired and a bit cranky in a radio promo the morning after a show, rather than just being an ass.

Prior to his rebirth as Father John Misty after leaving the drum stool of Fleet Foxes behind in 2012, he released solo albums under his more conventional birth name – cheap jerseys online Joshua Tillman, which were favourably reviewed but largely flew under the radar. It was his second album under wholesale mlb jerseys the Father John Misty moniker, the aforementioned I love you, Honeybear, and particularly his performance of Bored in the USA on Letterman, that brought him to the wholesale jerseys attention of the wider world. The album, a caustically funny but heartfelt collection of songs about a sceptical Pig’s and disillusioned man discovering the redemptive qualities of love, released to critical acclaim and featured highly on, or topped, many peoples favourite albums from 2015.

Clad all in black, complete with textbook hipster beard he writhed around the stage like a man possessed a by a very demon that a Father may normally be called in to exorcise. Dropping to his knees and clutching his heart in a display of anguish during When You’re Smiling and Astride Me before elastically bouncing back up, was a move he employed repeated throughout the set to great effect. It was impressive that his voice @ stayed so on point given just how much he was throwing himself around the stage. A stand out track from …Honeybear, the synth driven True Affection, sounded even more stunning live as it washed around the wooden-panneled walls of Sage One. There’s a reason why many artists make the Sage the first choice venue when coming to the North East. The acoustics of Refrigerator the hall, built with an orchestra in mind, are nothing short of phenomenal. The lights went down later in the BALA set for Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings, which was delivered even more forcefully than on record, as the silhouette of the Father sashayed in front of a solitary red light pouring out from behind him.

After treating us to the title track of his recent album, he emerged for a much warranted encore with the heartfelt delivery of  I went to the Store One Day surely enough to quell Education the ire of even the most irked listener of his Radio 6 interview.

Following a particularly raucous rendition of The Ideal Husband he left the stage with Legend by Drake booming out emphatically over the PA. It would be to argue that we’d not just witnessed one. The Father certainly delivered with this sermon.

Setlist

Everyman Needs a Companion
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
When You’re Smiling and Astride Me
Only Son of the Ladiesman
Tee Pees 1-12
Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
Funtimes in Babylon
Nancy From Now On
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
I’m Writing a Novel
Now I’m Learning to Love the War
Bored in the USA
Holy Shit
True Affection
This is Sally Hatchet
I Love You, Honeybear

Encore:
I Went to the Store One Day
Closer (Nine Inch Nails cover)
The Ideal Husband


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