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Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Sat. 12/29 | 8:00PM @ El Rey Theatre (map)

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Joshua Tillman (born May 3, 1981) is an American folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. He is also the former drummer for the Philadelphia-based band Saxon Shore (2001 to 2004) and the Seattle-based band Fleet Foxes (2008 to 2012). He departed Fleet Foxes to focus on his solo album under the moniker Father John Misty. Tillman has maintained a steady output of solo recordings since 2004 and has toured the US and Europe extensively with Pacific Northwest artists such as Damien Jurado, Jesse Sykes, and David Bazan. After shortly attending College in New York , Joshua moved to Seattle. Upon moving there he found a job working at a bakery, which allowed him to record at night before his 4:30AM shift began. After making a demo, it eventually found its way to Seattle singer/songwriter Damien Jurado. A year later Joshua started opening for Damien. At shows Joshua would handout CD-R copies of songs that would later become his album "I Will Return". During the tour, he also struck up a friendship with Eric Fisher, who produced another CD-R album, "Long May You Run". Both albums were originally released on Keep Recordings. Both Tillman and Jurado later signed on for a U.S. tour with Richard Buckner. In 2006, the independent Fargo Records label released Tillman's first properly distributed solo album, "Minor Works", and Keep Records reissued I Will Return and Long May You Run as a two-disc set the same year. In 2007, Yer Bird Records released Tillman's fourth, more elaborately arranged album, Cancer and Delirium. In 2008 Joshua joined Seattle Folk Rock band Fleet Foxes as their drummer. On his involvement in joining the band Joshua said: "People have really exaggerated my involvement with Fleet Foxes; they had two records done by the time I joined the band and the writing was already on the wall that they were going to be the next big thing. I just learned the drum parts for their songs and tried to execute them as best as I could".  After signing to independent record label Western Vinyl, Joshua released two albums in 2009 'Vacilando Territory Blues' and 'Year In The Kingdom'. The following year Joshua would release 'Singing Ax'  After extensive touring with Fleet Foxes promoting their album Helplessness Blues, Joshua played his final show with the band in Tokyo on January 19th 2012. On May 1st 2012 Joshua released the album 'Fear Fun' under his new moniker 'Father John Misty'. A couple of months prior a video was released for the song "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings' starring Parks and Recreations Aubrey Plaza. The album was a dramatic departure from any of Joshua's former releases. On how the album came about Joshua said: “I got into my van with enough mushrooms to choke a horse and started driving down the coast with nowhere to go. After a few weeks, I was writing a novel, which is where I finally found my narrative voice…. It was a while before that voice started manifesting in a musical way, but once I settled in the Laurel Canyon spider-shack where I’m living now, I spent months demoing all these weird-ass songs about weird-ass experiences almost in real-time, and kind of had this musical ‘Oh-there-I-am’ moment, identical to how I felt when I was writing the book
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