“HONEYBEAR, HONEYBEAR, HONEYBEAR, MASCARA, BLOOD, ASH AND CUM ON THE RORSCHACH SHEETS WHERE WE MAKE LOVE.”
Father John Misty has built an impressive career writing songs about love, sex, and crippling vulnerability; pair that with a set of dance moves that could make a microphone stand blush and you’ve got two diverse, equally impressive albums and a live set not to be missed. Misty’s undeniable knack for adding verbal eloquence to the rawest and darkest of human emotions spans effortlessly from his debut album to his latest release I Love You, HoneyBear. If you’re yet to catch him in the act, we have some good news for you. We’re happy to announce that Mr. Misty will be hitting the shores of Australia this December, presented by yours truly. We had a few minutes on the phone with him recently to speak about his music and upcoming Australian tour dates as he simultaneously scrolled through the MC website. We talked, we laughed and ultimately agreed that an MC X FJM advice column is in order.
Congrats on the new album! It’s been out for a few months now, are you at all tired of talking about love?
No, it’s definitely more fun doing love than talking about it but I can intellectualize the fun out of anything, it’s one my main pastimes.
I’m looking at monsterchildren.com here, I see a lot of very good-looking athletic sporty men, in contrast to me, a pale, emaciated cynical wretch.
We switch it up, there’s a lot of love for everyone on the site. But back to you, do you have a favorite song to perform live?
We just did a song by Leonard Cohen called “I’m Your Man” which I enjoy doing. I have pretty weird sensibilities as a performer and for some reason that song felt like putting a glove on. I would kind of terrify a woman every night when I performed that. There’s this whole line in the bridge that involves tearing at someone’s shirt and screaming and it was great. I would kind of try to turn it into an individual psychodrama.
So you just pick a lucky lady from the crowd every night?
Yeah, it goes ‘But a man never got a woman back, not by begging on his knees, but I crawl to you baby and I stand at your feet and I howl at your beauty like a dog in heat and I tear at your heart and I claw at your sleeves, I say please.’ So I would kind of give some unlucky woman a chance to have a man grovel, scream and writhe in front of her.
Have you ever smoked Catnip? I’m smoking Catnip, Damiana and Mugwort it’s very relaxing. For some reason I’m playing with ball of yarn.
I see you’ve got the HUF classic shoe [on your site]. I just got some new shoes a couple days ago, they’re sort of like a fake-snakeskin, I’m looking at them right now, they’re by Dries van Noten; do you know him? He’s a Belgian designer he makes weird pajama clothes for men. I think that’s my next look.
Just like…bathrobe-core. I’ve been wearing all black this year; I can feel that phase moving out.
You’re in the middle of a heatwave, probably a good move.
Well, I have a lot of perseverance, I don’t mind being miserable.
As long as it’s name of fashion?
That’s right, anything for fashion.
So pajama clothes and snakeskin shoes?
Yes! That’s my vibe, that’s 2016. In 2016 everyone’s going to be wearing pajamas and smoking Catnip, you just watch.
Would you ever consider doing a love advice column?
Yeah, I’ve been asked to do some things like that. I was going to do a podcast and I recorded a few of them but I hate, I hate the sound of my speaking voice, so I just couldn’t really deal with it. I think I’ll stay out of that game; it was a podcast about pizza.
You’d never want to write?
I would do that…yeah; should we set it up? Will it be a part of Monster Children? Like a weekly advice column? Fuck yeah, let’s do it.
You can do love and fashion advice.
Yes, and maybe surfing, I’ve never surfed a day in my life, I don’t know anything about it so maybe I can have a refreshing, outsider perspective. Ok so love, fashion and surfing and…apply elsewhere.
Ok, pizza, love, fashion, surfing. Or we could answer questions about two of those four. Like pizza and fashion, what kind of crust will be in Vogue this year? Or is it tacky to put cornmeal on a hand-tossed pizza? We’ll get there; we’re still in the early phases.
You’re coming to Australia this year, in a fight between a kangaroo and a koala, who’re you putting your money on?
Hm, don’t koalas don’t just kind of get stoned on eucalyptus all day long? I think if I was a koala, I would climb into the kangaroo’s pouch and just like hangout in there until the kangaroo least expected it and then I would just go to town on it, I would use his pouch against him. Do male kangaroos have pouches?
I think it’s just a maternal thing.
Oh, well I’m not going to beat up a female kangaroo, come on. Just to be clear, I don’t like bi-species violence any more than the next guy but I think that the kangaroo has been running around with its boxing gloves, intimidating the Australian outback for too long and it’s time for a koala bear to take him down a few notches.
INTERVIEW: Father John Misty – Monster Children