Father John Misty Delivers Pure Comedy to Austin
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Father John Misty Delivers Pure Comedy to Austin

Father John Misty Delivers Pure Comedy to Austin

The University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall welcomed two nights of indie folk singer/songwriter Father John Misty to promote his most recent musical manifesto, Pure Comedy.

Nouveau psychedelic folk act, Weyes Blood, opened for the Father, aptly complementing his musical sound and, too, catering to an artsier thinking crowd. Frontwoman Natalie Mering’s piercing vocals brought a haunting beauty to the night filling the concert hall with purity, power, and a sound comparative to a melancholy Joni Mitchell accompanied by more experimental sounds. Two sets of keys produced a number of somber church-like chords that resounded in a seemingly altered meditative state of deep self-reflection. The powerful slide guitar extended the feeling in her vocals hitting the listener’s heartstrings in an emotionally restorative release into serenity. She beautifully covered George Harrison’s transformative tune “Run of the Mill” among showcasing her work off of her Front Row Seat to Earth album.

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Father John Misty did not falter in bringing his trademark evocative lyrics & cynical commentary of modern life to his show and delivered just what the audience expected to hear. He opened with the tour and album namesake, “Pure Comedy” and headed full force deeper into the album through the next three songs challenging the ideologies of technology, the conveniences in life, and lucidity in death. Misty definitely has a profound wisdom in his lyrics, words full of passion and poignancy spoked from a tortured creative mind. Throughout the set he was dramatically silhouetted against the colorfully lit background bringing a more profound facade to the messages being conveyed to the listeners. He broke into periodic dancing, writhing onstage dramatizing the bitter truths being thrown around.

The eccentricity of Father John Misty somehow commands the listener to be present in the lyrics as he voices the truth, pain, and fear of the human condition and addresses the minds anxieties regarding it. He is an artist not mistaken, but awakened speaking the acrimonious truth through the art of anguish. FJM also performed a considerable amount of tracks off of his 2015 album, I Love You, Honeybear during his 20+ song set, including the poetic ballad of the fallacies of society – “Bored in the USA.” His persona undoubtedly captures the same “transcend the bullshit” message conveyed in “The Memo,” and though seemingly an art of anguish, his attuned to the truth musical ingenuity connects the audience in shared awareness. Misty ended the set with the lovingly cynical hit “I Love You, Honeybear” paraphrasing his underlying message running through most of his songs that “everything is doomed & nothing will be spared.”

The encore brought on a great deal of emotional power and feeling, extending the lyrical beauty that comes forth from an arduous mind. With the most dialog spoked during the entire show, and after shamelessly plugging the DSA present that night, Misty spoke to the audience of taking a “metamoment” to comment on the experience of being there. In an honest attempt at optimism he stated that it didn’t feel total useless. And the concertgoer experience wasn’t either as his self-proclaimed new age tunes of despair were both entertaining and thought provoking. It was apparent why a second show was added by popular demand – Austin welcomed this eccentric monikered musician with both open arms and open minds, sharing the serious absurdity that is Pure Comedy.

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Father John Misty Setlist: Pure Comedy; 2. Total Entertainment Forever; 3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution’ 4. Ballad of the Dying Man; 5. Nancy From Now On; 6. Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins); 7. Strange Encounter; 8. Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow; 9. Only Son of the Ladiesman; 10. When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay; 11. When You’re Smiling and Astride Me; 12. True Affection; 13. This is Sally Hatchet; 14 Bored in the USA; 15. The Memo; 16. I’m Writing a Novel; 17. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings; 18.I Love You, Honeybear; ENCORE: 19. Real Love Baby; 20 Real Love Baby; 21. So I’m Growing Old on Magic Mountain; 22. Holy Shit; 23. The Ideal Husband

About The Author

Stacey Lovett

Growing up, Stacey enjoyed flipping through her father's vinyl collection looking at all the album art and taking them for a spin. Her passion for music and art has remained ever since. She graduated from Texas State University and after working in a couple different fields - from horse racing to Harley's - carved a niche into the local art community writing and photographing for local publications. Along with pursuing her creative interests, she enjoys traveling and making memories with her husband and daughter.

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