Sunday, December 2, 2012

Father John Misty Live @ The Workman's Club Dublin. 24/11/2012.

Father John Misty @ The Workman's Club
This is certainly Josh Tillman's year it seems with the rave reviews he has received for his country blues inspired long player entitled 'Fear Fun'.The former Fleet Fox's drummer has already released 8 solo albums, but 'Fear Fun' is the first release under the moniker of Father John Misty.
I must thank my friend Joseph Hamilton from Bellingham, Washington for alerting me to this fine album that just seems to get better with every listen.This latest solo endeavour by Tillman has unleashed a barrage of attention his way, notably selling out many of his live dates well in advance across Britain.
So too was his Dublin gig a complete sell out last Saturday night, luckily enough I had a ticket earmarked before any chance of disappointment could occur.
The Workman's Club located at Wellington Quay in the heart of Dublin city, next door to U2's Clarence hotel was an excellent setting for such an intimate gig.
Although crammed to the walls in the venue area, it was easy to exit out to the several bars within the building to kick back and take a breather if required.

Kicking off with 'Fun Times In Babylon' the first song you will hear on the album, it was clear Father John Misty had the full attention of the 300 strong crowd for the rest of the night.
Sipping from a large bottle of Jameson between songs he unleashed some hilarious quips about such things as his Irish ancestry  which he mentioned was an“insignificant percentage.”
Clearly enjoying every minute he spent onstage he gave off an energy that was dynamic or outright rebellious at moments on songs like ' Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings' and 'Only Son Of The Ladies Man'.
Naturally you can hear traces of the Fleet Fox's vibe running through some songs along with touches of perhaps more vintage influences from the likes of Gram Parsons or Townes Van Zant.
The final song of the night was a killer version of  Canned Heat's 'On The Road Again' that almost had some revellers bouncing off the walls of this small club.
U. K music magazine Uncut announced last week that 'Fear Fun' was their choice of album for 2012, not a bad accolade at all for someone who certainly has it sewn up as a live act.

The problem is next time Father John Misty hits Dublin, he will require a bigger venue to play in such was the enthusiasm after this gig.
It is difficult to pick a favourite track from 'Fear Fun', however 'Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings' is a good place to start.



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