Perfume Genius

Full Discography

LPs
  • Put Your Back N 2 It - OLE-964 - 2012-02-21
  • Learning - OLE-942 - 2010-06-22

Biography

Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, 2010’s Learning and 2012’s Put Yr Back N 2 It told uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – 

Too Bright, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a bold and unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since age ten and has just begun to bubble up”. This sharp U-turn came early in the writing process, when Hadreas grew creatively frustrated and uninspired writing what he thought people might want to hear – as he describes it, “mid-tempo Adele songs, carefully plotting each chord and lyric like math” –and focused instead on writing what came naturally, 100% visceral and unfiltered, no matter what the potential reception might be. “I looked to PJ Harvey,” he recalls, “how powerful and raw she can be, and thought, ‘what is my version of that?’”

The resultant album is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s The Dreaming or Scott Walker’s Tilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation. Here, Hadreas is aided in his efforts by not one, but two unlikely conspirators – John Parish, who plays drums on several tracks, and Portishead’s Adrian Utley, who, as producer, brought the physical resources to flesh out the songs ininnovative ways. According to Hadreas, Utley was the key to unlocking unexplored terrain on the album, using both synths and organic instrumentation to push the tracks to darker and more unreal heights. The album is also rounded off with key contributions from longtime touring band members Alan Wyffels and Hervé Bécart. The fragile yet defiant “I Decline” opens the album, draped in hushed, languorous beauty, but it is an outlier. On the following track (and first single) “Queen”, the line “Don’t you know your queen?” booms out over ominous guitars, not so much a genuine question as a rhetorical one, as Hadreas proceeds to deconstruct gay panic with relish. Even with a wordless (albeit soaring and cacophonous) symphony of a chorus it sounds huge and anthemic, a gleeful kiss-off. He says, “I sometimes see faces of blank fear when I walk by...if these fucking people want to give me some power – if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles – well, here she comes”. 

That mischievous sense of defiance runs rampant through the album. A surreal threat hangs over songs like “My Body” and “Grid”, with piercing screams, tribal drums and electronic stabs highlighting disturbing lyrics of self-destruction and temporary respite from the darkness. On “Fool,” meanwhile, deceptively swinging doo-wop rhythms disguise a story of social mutiny,  with Hadreas tearing into the stereotype of “a walking, talking candelabra”, and rejecting it for something much more volatile and dangerous. “I've met people that laugh at EVERYTHING I say,” he muses. “I could be talking about OJ or Munchausen’s Syndrome or bloody stool – I am still just the cutest thing. Here only to enrich their lives, not have one of my own. Make their dress, tell them how great their boobs look and then peace. Isn't he the best?”

Which is not to say that Hadreas has completely abandoned the shimmering, exquisite piano ballads that he is so known for. “No Good” is a heartbreaking meditation on a difficult life lived on the outside but “spent looking in”, while the somber closer “All Along” is a resigned yet firm rebuke to acceptance and reassurance from external forces, preferring instead to find refuge from within – “I have my love,” Hadreas asserts, “and I apply it where I need to”.

This, in fact, is the overarching theme of Too Bright; the connective tissue loosely joining up these 11 stunning, weird and wonderful tracks – the discovery of strength and power where previously he felt he had little. As he puts it, during the making of the album, it felt “like I had woken some ancient beast which began to rattle and threaten to rise.” With this record, consider the demon awoken.

News From The Matablog

'TOO BRIGHT' ANNOUNCED AS VINYL ME, PLEASE'S NOVEMBER RELEASE



(print by: Nick van Hofwegen, the artist known as Young & Sick)

Announced earlier this morning, record of the month club Vinyl Me, Please has picked Perfume Genius' Too Bright as their November release.

“After the first listen, we were unanimous in wanting to run this record. It’s rare that we make a decision that quickly, but then it’s also rare that a record like this comes along.” ­

- Tyler Barstow, Vinyl Me, Please co­-founder.

Along with an exclusive vinyl color, members will receive an album-inspired art print (shown above) as well as a custom mocktail recipe to fit the album. More details here.
The album is also available from Matador Direct.
Perfume Genius is currently on tour.

Perfume Genius live on WNYC today



Hey New Yorkers, I have good news, bad news, and more good news for you. The good news is that Perfume Genius is playing Brooklyn tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The bad news is that the show is sold out, so if you don't already have tickets you're out of luck. The other piece of good news is that you can listen to a live Perfume Genius performance today at 2:00PM EDT by visiting the WNYC Soundcheck website. This final piece of good news also applies to people outside New York, in case you were wondering.

Perfume Genius continues his journey across America and beyond in the following locations:

October
8 – Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia PA
9 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
10 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro NC
11 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta GA
13 - Three Links – Dallas TX
14 – The Parish – Austin TX
16 - Club Congress – Tucson AZ
17 – Soda Bar – San Diego CA
19 – Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles CA
21 – The Independent – San Francisco CA
22 – Harlow’s – Sacramento CA
24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland OR
25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle WA

November
11 – La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 – Exile, Zurich, Switzerland
13 – Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 – Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 – Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 - Lido, Berlin German
18 – Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 – Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 – The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25 – Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 – The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
28 – 29 — Vodafone Mexefest 2014, Lisbon Portugal

order ‘Too Bright’ from the following :
The Matador Store (LP & CD)
iTunes
Perfume Genius.net
Amazon
Amazon MP3
Google Play

Perfume Genius online :
Perfume Genius.net
Facebook 
Twitter
Instagram
You Tube Channel

 

 

Perfume Genius Live on Boiler Room NOW



Steaming LIVE right now: In Stereo: Perfume Genius. by brtvofficial

Hear new songs from Too Bright (out now) and older favorites from Put Your Back N 2 It and Learning.

The band is currently on tour in North America. Full list of dates here.

 

PERFUME GENIUS: US TOUR STARTS TONIGHT IN SALT LAKE CITY



(photo by: Giuseppe Perna - Don Nerheo)

Mike Hadreas spent most of this week in his hometown of Seattle where among celebrating the release Too Bright, he performed live on KEXP and played an instore at Sonic Boom. He also had a birthday. What did you do this week?

Tonight the first US tour begins in Salt Lake City at Urban Lounge. In November he will be taking over Europe one city at a time. Full list of tour dates below.

September
26 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City UT
27 - Hi Dive - Denver CO
29 - Riot Room - Kansas City MO
30 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN

October
1 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago IL
2 - Magic Stick - Detroit MI
4 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto ON
6 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston  MA
7 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn NY
8 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia PA
9 - The Hamilton - Washington DC
10 - Cat's Cradle Back Room - Carrboro NC
11 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta GA
13 - Three Links - Dallas TX
14 - The Parish - Austin TX
16 - Club Congress - Tucson  AZ
17 - Soda Bar - San Diego  CA
19 - Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles CA
21 - The Independent - San Francisco CA
22 - Harlow's - Sacramento CA
24 - Mississippi Studios - Portland OR
25 - Neptune Theatre - Seattle WA

November
11 - La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 - Exile, Zurich, Switzerland
13 - Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 - Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 - Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 - Lido, Berlin German
18 - Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 - Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 - Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 - Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 - The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25   - Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 - The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 - Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
28 - 29 -- Vodafone Mexefest 2014, Lisbon Portugal

order ‘Too Bright’ from the following :
The Matador Store (LP & CD)
iTunes
Perfume Genius.net
Amazon
Amazon MP3
Google Play

Perfume Genius online :
Perfume Genius.net
Facebook 
Twitter
Instagram
You Tube Channel

Out Now : Perfume Genius - 'Too Bright', KEXP Session Today, Sonic Boom Instore Tomorrow











On the heels of some wildly enthusiastic international press coverage, we're thrilled that today marks the moment when you can bring the new Perfume Genius album, 'Too Bright' into your home / vehicle  / phone for real. Above and below are some shots of the LP and CD packaging ; click on the individuals pics for high resolution versions. 











While Mike Hadreas hits the road this Thursday night in Salt Lake City, there's some hometown events planned for week-of-release in Seattle.  For starters, you can hear Perfume Genius in session on KEXP today at 4pm eastern / 1pm pacific time, and there's an instore performance at Sonic Boom tomorrow night at 6pm (free, all ages)

order 'Too Bright' from the following : 
The Matador Store (LP & CD) 
iTunes
Perfume Genius.net

Amazon
Amazon MP3
Google Play

Tour Dates : 

September
26 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City UT
27 - Hi Dive - Denver CO
29 - Riot Room - Kansas City MO
30 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN

October
1 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago IL
2 - Magic Stick - Detroit MI
4 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto ON
6 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston  MA
7 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn NY
8 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia PA
9 - The Hamilton - Washington DC
10 - Cat's Cradle Back Room - Carrboro NC
11 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta GA
13 - Three Links - Dallas TX
14 - The Parish - Austin TX
16 - Club Congress - Tucson  AZ
17 - Soda Bar - San Diego  CA
19 - Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles CA
21 - The Independent - San Francisco CA
22 - Harlow's - Sacramento CA
24 - Mississippi Studios - Portland OR
25 - Neptune Theatre - Seattle WA

November
11 - La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 - Exile, Zurich, Switzerland
13 - Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 - Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 - Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 - Lido, Berlin German
18 - Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 - Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 - Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 - Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 - The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25   - Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 - The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 - Islington Assembly Hall, London UK
28 - 29 -- Vodafone Mexefest 2014, Lisbon Portugal

Perfume Genius online :

Perfume Genius.net
Facebook 
Twitter
Instagram
You Tube Channel




Artwork
(click for high resolution)