Father John Misty / The Walkmen – The Newport

It’s been over a month since I last shot a show and I’ve been itching to get back into the swing of things.  Well, now that the holidays are over I’ve begun filling up my schedule for the next couple of months and the first show of 2013 for me was Father John Misty and The Walkmen at The Newport in Columbus, OH.  Father John Misty, the new project for former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman is a bit of an indie media darling at the moment.  It seems everywhere I look I’m seeing articles about them or hearing someone talk about them, and rightfully so.  As they opened the night with “Funtimes in Babylon”,  the first track from their new record Fear Fun I was particularly struck by the richness of Tillman’s voice.  He seems to effortlessly project with the fullness of voice that most singers would dream of.  While I liked the Fleet Foxes quite a bit, I must admit, Father John Misty grabs me in a way that the former never did.

Here’s where I lose any bit of indie street cred that I may have had… I’ve never really gotten into the Walkmen.  I know, I know… what the hell is wrong with me?  Ha, well it’s not that I dislike The Walkmen, more of an ambivalence to the small selection of their music I have been exposed to.  In fact, when I inquired about a photo pass for this show I wasn’t even aware that The Walkmen were the headliner.  However, I’m actually really glad I had the chance to see The Walkmen live. Maybe their music comes across better live than recorded, but after the show I definitely feel I have a better appreciation of their music now. Looks like a revisiting of their music is in order.  Perhaps I just picked a few bad songs when I checked them out years ago, perhaps my tastes have changed because I really dug the show tonight!  Without further ado here are some of my favorite photos from the night

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Brian Bruemmer