Perfume Genius has released the video for first single ‘Queen’ off forthcoming album ‘Bright’. The video was directed by likeminded pop provocateur SSION and features some incredible visuals and executive realness.
“I’ve seen faces of blank terror when I walk by. Sometimes from seemingly strong, macho dudes – somehow my presence confuses and ultimately scares them. There is a strange power to it that I’ve only recently begun to understand and embrace. After many years trying to sort out exactly what they are scared of, most of the time converting the result into personal shame, there are now moments of monstrous pride”.
Perfume Genius‘s new album ‘Too Bright’ will be released Friday the 19th of September via Matador / Remote Control Records
Mike Hadreas, a.k.a. Perfume Genius, recently stopped by the New York-based public radio station WFUV & performed an unreleased song ‘Katie’.
Hadreas called the track “one of the heaviest songs that I’ve written.” He said it was a fun song to play, and then added, “Well, it’s not fun at all, actually. But sometimes ‘fun’ for me is feeling like I threw up backwards.”
When an artist is sincere in all that you know this artist, it is the conviction with which he expresses his deepest intimacy in his songs, the meeting can be intimidating.
But from the first second, Mike Hadreas is charming. He has just completed a week of concerts and promo. It is dawn, the neighborhood is still asleep, but he and his band are energetic, willing to share their songs so intense.
We start in the main hall of the restaurant in Manhattan. A grand piano awaits us under a skylight, which illuminates a vegetation which none of us will say if she is alive or not. Mile’s voice fills the hall deserted, with a song perfectly suited to the intimacy of the moment. We move to the bar, sanitized, without light. Another blank canvas that Mike fills one with slow notes, island.
Put Your Back N 2 It is out now via 4AD/Remote Control.
The latest segment of Pitchfork +1 session features Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius, performing ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Hood’, and ‘Dark Parts’ from his just-released record Put Your Back N 2 It at the intimate Brooklyn venue Zebulon. Hadreas also talks about the fragility of his music and how it has changed the way people perceive him.