Josh Tillman reined things in on Saturday night at End of the Road
When End of The Road booked Father John Misty as their big-draw headliner they wouldn’t have know that his 2017, third album was to be a long, slow diatribe against modern living and what he sees as society’s lost way. ‘Pure Comedy’ is a smart record (if condescending, to some), but it’s not the kind of thing you want to end a day of drinking in a field to. Josh Tillman’s hardly played it in the UK, but the general feeling is that he won’t curtail the misery and yield to a festival crowd – he doesn’t seem like that kind of guy.
Maybe he wasn’t, but there’s something markedly different about Tillman’s performance tonight, compared to wiggling preacher going wild for ‘I Love You, Honeybear’. Matured, even – God forbid.