Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, aka music’s esteemed Asshole Laureate, is nothing if not a romantic. During a sold-out show at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre last night, the musician treated audience members to a hypnotic rendition of his “favorite love song,” Nine Inch Nails hit “Closer.”
“It’s a little sappy,” Tillman deadpans before launching into the song. The video is well worth watching for the musician’s head-banging and windmilling alone, so skip to the 3:27 mark if that’s all you’re in it for. The cover itself is more than capable, and makes a mountain of sense—judging by its lyrics, the self-loathing-laden, intensely sexual “Closer” could pass for a Father John Misty original.
Due to overwhelming demand, the Riviera has added a second Father John Misty show tonight. Enjoy the “Closer” cover above, and check out the rest of Tillman’s tour dates here. (We may or may not be counting down the days until his Atlanta stop.)