Watch Father John Misty’s Post-Apocalyptic New Video

    "Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before the Revolution" was directed by Chris Hopewell

    Photo: Derek S. Key

    Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, has released a new music video for “Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before the Revolution,” a cut from Pure Comedy, his LP from April on Sub Pop.

    The video was directed by Chris Hopewell, who also helmed Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” video from this year. Radiohead might approve of the opening imagery of Tillman’s video, as the camera pans across a post-apocalyptic desert landscape with picket signs (but no picketers) stuck in the ground that read “It got too hot” or “There’s no place like human existence like right here” or “Love is power.” (This visual language is reminiscent of the album art for Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief.)

    A lone character walks the terrain with a shopping carriage. He checks his smart phone and finds no new messages, calls, or friend requests. The traveler’s mission, it appears, is to roam around and collect smart phones. He pries one from the hand of a skeleton, once a picketer, and adds it to his carriage bounty.

    The character continues walking and some of the signs become FJM lyrics. A few of the more pleasant messages take on a slightly more sinister, more sarcastic meaning when paired with a Tillman couplet. “Sometimes I miss the top of the food chain/ But what a perfect afternoon”; “There are some visionaries among us/ Developing some products/ To aid us in our struggle to survive/ On this godless rock that refuses to die.”

    There is no other human contact in the video, only a run-in with rats and partying roaches. The video, as is Pure Comedy, is a captial-S Statement and it ends with the traveler on a roof. He has made a sign. Watch below:

    Father John Misty heads out on tour on August 4 for a massive North American and European jaunt.

    Father John Misty:

    August 4 – 6 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
    August 18 – Winnipeg, MB – Interstellar Rodeo @ The Forks
    August 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Surly Brewing Festival Field
    August 25 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    August 26 – Portland, OR @ Project Pabst
    August 31 – September 3 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
    September 1 – 3 – Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
    September 13 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Pavilion
    September 14 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
    September 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann
    September 18 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
    September 19 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
    September 20 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
    September 22 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
    September 23 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
    September 25 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
    September 26 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
    September 27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
    September 29 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
    September 30 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
    October 1 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
    October 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
    October 5 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
    October 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
    October 7 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
    October 11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
    October 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
    October 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
    October 14 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater Pomona
    November 11 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
    November 12 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
    November 14 – Berlin, DE @ Huxley’s
    November 16 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
    November 18 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
    November 19 – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera
    November 20 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu dos Recreios