It's a Wednesday afternoon, and Josh Tillman is in a glade. A lemon glade, to be exact. The 33-year-old songwriter, better known as Father John Misty, is speaking to me by phone from another part of the country.
For some, the image of The Aquabats looms large in the imagination. Years before the advent of YouTube, they made their live show a multimedia experience, with video interludes, onstage battles, bopping beach balls and toddlers crowdsurfing on inflatable rafts.
Gary Wilson's live shows—he's been known to incorporate bizarre costumes, sexy mannequins and messy onstage antics involving bags of flour and other unlikely items—freak out the squares and inspire the freaks in equal measure.