Father John Misty, Portsmouth Guildhall, review: ‘A riveting performer’

Father John Misty at Portsmouth Guildhall. Picture: Paul Windsor
Father John Misty at Portsmouth Guildhall. Picture: Paul Windsor

Father John Misty is a proper rock star and he knows it.

Resplendent in a white suit and dark shades, he spent the first two songs frustratingly – at least for this photographer – in silhouette, which added to his enigmatic stage persona.

With only a few UK shows on this tour to promote his new album Gods Favourite Customer, fans travelled from far and wide to hear him perform.

There was a packed congregation in the house and they were not disappointed. 

It all began in 2012, when Josh Tillman made a smart move by stepping out from behind The Fleet Foxes drum kit and taking the nom de plume as Father John Misty.

His show at the Portsmouth Guildhall starts off with the singer in reticent mood, with little interaction with the audience. 

However once the guitars had been dispatched, Father John Misty takes on an impressive whole new persona especially during Hangout at The Galleries, which was accompanied by some ungainly stage moves.

But he is, nonetheless, a riveting performer.

Tillman's voice is crystal clear throughout with a soaring falsetto that reached to the back of the room easily.

All too soon, he is gone but eventually pulled backed for a deserved encore.

His concert was a fantastic way to end the week.