I mean, what better way to spend the days before Halloween than with the tongue-in-cheek cunning of Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty at one of my favorite venues in America's Midwest? I'm far-reached to find one, and if you have something better, I dare you to present it to me.
The bill for this show is a complete winner, with La Sera opening up for FJM. Former member of Vivian Girls, Katy Goodman, performs now as La Sera, and released her sophomore album earlier this year: Sees The Light. The album serves as a breakup manifesto, almost, with tracks based entirely on the musical aspects of getting over someone, even if that person is yourself.
The beautiful red-headed songstress will be performing songs from Sees The Light as well as her self-titled debut album, and with the right amount of crowd support, the sing-along aspects of the songs will play like early-Weezer tracks or your favorite Yuck songs. Each song off her new album, whether dreary and self-loathing ("Love That's Gone" or "Don't Stay") or upbeat and pop-punk influenced (such as "Break My Heart") maintains a country sensibility to it. To be completely honest, La Sera is one of my favorite new artists I've heard from this year; "Real Boy" is an almost nauseatingly catchy song that will be played on heavy rotation from now until the day of the show. You can find a song off the new album below.
Fear Fun captures a sound that cures every aspect of Fleet Foxes that grew tiresome after a while. At times, Foxes got to be a little droning and tiresome, with a lot of the tracks bleeding in to another, not offering much different of a sound than the previous song. I'm not saying Foxes doesn't make beautiful, graceful music, but Father John Misty is a well-received change of pace and worth every moment spent listening to.
Take a listen to highlighted tracks from both artists below, videos from Father John Misty for "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" and La Sera's "Real Boy/Drive On" video.
Father John Misty - "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"
La Sera - "Real Boy/Drive On"