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Perfume Genius Faces His Demons In ‘Grid’: VIDEO


Mike Hadreas, a.k.a. Perfume Genius, has released a music video for his forthcoming single, “Grid.” The video for the song takes the dramatic and irreverent spirit of his previous music video for “Queen” even further, leaving Hadreas “literally surrounded by his (hentai-clad) demons before confronting them head on and being devoured by them.”

PERFUME3“Grid”, along with Hadreas’ previous single “Queen”, is featured on his third album—Too Bright—due out September 21, that represents a dark departure from Hadreas’ sophomore album Put Your Back N 2 It. Said Hadreas of his new album:

"A lot of these songs are me trying to claim some power in situations that would typically depress or alienate or victimize me.  Also, no matter how good I feel there is a darkness hanging, which I don't agree with - giving it a voice is an attempt at freeing it so it can potentially dissipate".

Hadreas also recently spoke with Stereogum about the “weird politics of being a gay artist”:

I’ll go into a venue and they won’t take me seriously, or think I don’t know what I want because I’m sort of impish or tiny or feminine. And that’s frustrating. And that’s almost what that song is too. I’m just as badass as anyone; my clothes are just more silken. But then I’ll meet a dudey-dude band, like the Men, and they were super nice and really fun and easy to get along with. And even going to the South, I was terrified, but it was really friendly. It’s just surprising. Then there’s some asshole in some liberal area. That’s just how it goes. I did a lot of interviews where I’d get these crazy introductions. In France I was being translated live for the radio show. It was like, “He is Perfume Genius: He is gay, he is sad, he is addicted to porn.” And I had to stand up like, “Excuse me?” The first two, yeah OK, but I’m not addicted to porn! I like that that’s their lead-in, like nothing about the music, just that I like to fuck dudes, basically.

Speaking of his style that often times includes wearing lipstick and heels, Hadreas says,

I’m just doing what I want. I’m not thinking, like, “Today I’m going to dress like a woman.” I’m not even thinking about that. I’m just thinking, I want to wear this today, I want to be this today. It’s not like an either-or thing sometimes. I know when I see pictures of some of these NYC queens it’s inspiring because there’s something sort of mystical about it still.

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Perfume Genius Gets Confessional in 'Queen': MUSIC VIDEO


Mike Hadreas — better known as Perfume Genius — likes to get confessional. On his most recent LP, the acclaimed sophomore effort Put Your Back N 2 It, Hadreas sang about family issues, and he performed in a tender music video where he was groomed by Arpad Miklos (RIP). He's back with new material, and so far it feels just as raw and honest.

QueenStereogum reports new details on forthcoming third album Too Bright: it will be released September 22, and Hadreas says the sound was influenced by landmark art rock albums such as Scott Walker’s Tilt and Kate Bush’s The Dreaming.

The first single is called "Queen," and it was released Tuesday. The song seems to be about DGAF-ing in the face of homophobia and gay panic — said Hadreas in his inimitable, surreal style:

Sometimes I 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.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1225

OH SH*T: Weather moment of the day.

PERFUME GENIUS: His latest video, "Take Me Home".

EVERYBODY GET FOOTLOOSE: D.C. couple Rick and Stephen make a wedding entrance.

RESCUED DUCKS: Take a first swim. "For the first time in their lives two dozen recently rescued ducks get their first taste of life in a pond. They had been living for years with a hoarder who had them in pens without adequate access to water or proper nutrition."

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Perfume Genius Will Take the 'Dark Parts' of Your Heart into His Heart: VIDEO


Last week Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) released a beautiful, intense clip for his new track "Dark Parts" which also features members of his family. Most prominently featured is his mother Carmen Hadreas-Boggs, who the song attempts to comfort from a dark moment at the hands of his grandfather long ago.

You may recall his last clip, in which he was groomed, by porn star Arpad Miklos.


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Arpad Miklos Grooms a Perfume Genius: VIDEO


The new video from Seattle singer-songwriter Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) for his track "Hood" features adult film star Arpad Miklos as a tender hairbrusher, and I'd have to agree with some of the commenters on YouTube who say they'd love to hear two more minutes of this sweetness. His album, Put Your Back N 2 It, is out February 21.'

Hadreas has written of this track, "This is about when you feel like if someone really knew you, they would leave."


An mp3 of Perfume Genius' track "All Waters" is available HERE.

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