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Perfume Genius is Nobody's 'Fool' in New Music Video: WATCH


Too Bright is the third album from the out gay Seattle-based artist Perfume Genius.

You may recall the videos for "Queen" and "Grid" here on Towleroad as well as his earlier clips for "Dark Parts" which featured members of his family and "Hood", which featured the late adult performer Arpad Miklos brushing his hair.

This week PG (aka Mike Hadreas) dropped the video for "Fool", directed by Charlotte Rutherford, who also directed "Grid", and the clip features Hadreas rollerblading into situations that get more surreal by the moment, culminating in a dance performance with several life-size black fowl and a panel of judges.


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Perfume Genius Tour T-Shirts Feature Eminem in Drag


Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas), who made his debut on The Late Show with David Letterman two weeks ago and is currently playing dates in Europe, is not the only artist on his tour who will be wearing a bit of lipstick.

Hadreas took to Twitter this week to remind folks that his tour apparel targets a rapper known for his homophobic lyrics, for those of you wanting to 'dress up' your t-shirt collection:

Out Singer-Songwriter Perfume Genius Makes Debut on Letterman: VIDEO


David Letterman welcomed Perfume Genius to The Late Show last night to perform "Queen" from the new album Too Bright.

Too Bright is the third album from the out gay Seattle-based artist. You may recall the videos for "Queen" and "Grid" here on Towleroad as well as his earlier clips for "Dark Parts" which featured members of his family and "Hood", which featured the late adult performer Arpad Miklos brushing his hair.


It's nice to see Letterman embracing and giving the spotlight to emerging LGBT recording artists. He welcomed NYC-based rapper Le1f to his show in March.

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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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