Father John Misty at The Orpheum

Thursday 07th, April 2016 / 10:01
By Thalia Stopa
Father John Misty at The Orpheum. Photo: Galen Robinson-Exo

Father John Misty at The Orpheum.
Photo: Galen Robinson-Exo

April 5, 2016

VANCOUVER — Father John Misty’s Vancouver show wasn’t scented with “Innocence”, his collaboration with Sanae Intoxicants, but something headier — reverence, joviality and pheromones. More than notes of orange and vanilla, this suited the Orpheum’s opulence and J. Tillman’s performance.

Banter wasn’t missed because the anecdotal quality of songs like “’Bored in the USA,” complete with the whipping out of a cell phone to record himself, and “This is Sally Hatchet” satisfied the sold-out crowd. Tillman’s narratives achieved proportionate heights (he is impressively tall) within the enormous theatrical setting, which he expertly steered, sometimes one-handed, when the other was occupied with a glass of wine.

Father John Misty at The Orpheum. Photo: Galen Robinson-Exo

Father John Misty at The Orpheum.
Photo: Galen Robinson-Exo

Flourishes of hands and hips, back-bends, knee-falls and a bouquet-crotch-rubbing incidence fleshed out the stories. Supported by up to six musicians at one time, Tillman held the audience rapt and swaying, even twirling in couples.

Vancouver was the third show in a month-long tour, one of three in Canada. From opener “Everyman Needs A Companion” to his encore solo performance of “I Went To The Store One Day” and the climactic rock ‘n’ roll frenzy of “The Ideal Husband,” Tillman gave equal time to 2012’s Fear Fun and last year’s I Love You, Honeybear, plus a cover of The Beatles’ “Revolution.” The Orpheum is always acoustically and physically impressive and that Tillman could match it with his talent, swagger and showmanship for 90 minutes is a testament nonetheless.

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