April 15, 2013


10 Best Quotes From Father John Misty's 'Victorious' Coachella Set

Shannon Stewart for Fuse
Shannon Stewart for Fuse

"Victory in the desert," Father John Misty said in response to the batsh-t crowd applause for "I'm Writing a Novel," which had the former Fleet Foxes drummer leading a country-rock tornado. He dipped and fell in Shakespearean drama, rolled on the stage, hip- and ass-shaked and nailed every note with extra vigor. I've seen him perform 6 times, but never rock this hard.

Outside the Gobi Tent, a apocolyptic sand storm was brewing (seriously, it was like Dune), but inside Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, stood tall and thin in white pants and a printed button-up. With his flowing beard and long hair, he looked like a night club crooner crossed with Jim Morrison. 

He performed tracks from his debut album, 2012's Fear Fun, and the crowd ate up the brain-warped folk sounds and absurdist lyrics: "I would like to abuse my lungs / Smoke everything in sight with every girl I've ever loved," on "Funtimes in Babylon"; "I ran down the road, pants down to my knees / That Canadian shaman gave a little too much to me," on "I'm Writing a Novel"; "Pour me another drink and punch me in the face, you can call me Nancy," on "Nancy From Now On." 

These wise-cracking lyrics were paired with floating strings, piano swells and country-crunchy guitar licks. Hey, there's a reason Fear Fun is one of the best albums of last year. 

"Dude, I've never heard of this guy," a kid bumming a cigarette nearby said. "He's f-cking awesome." Indeed. 

He's also a damn comedian between songs. Here are the best quotes from onstage.

--"I'm gonna tuck this sh-t in," Misty said of his long sleeve button-up shirt. "I gotta bring my A-game."

--"So, white pants. I thought I was gonna be looking at the JumboTron and seeing my grass-stained ass."

--"This thing is called a laptop," he says picking up an acoustic guitar.

"Take a moment, safety first: Does everyone have a lightsaber? Get one for you and your family."

--"You know what this place needs? An Applebees and some neon lights."

--"Sometimes I wish I could perform in a robot helmet."

--"You guys hear about the Father John Misty hologram? But it was actually an android, performing while Josh [his real name] sat and drank in L.A. He had the same bad humor, too."

--"These laptops are so confusing."

--"We're about to play some real sh-t. Welcome R. Kelly to the stage."

--"I really wanna play one more song, but first I'm gonna start drinking this beer." Then he spit it in the air.