Don’t be fooled by Perfume Genius’ pyjama-channelling outfit. He might look ready to burrow down in duvets for a quiet night in with Netflix, but what’s immediately apparent is his commanding, hyper-intense presence that fills a tent in a single cathartic roar.
Swaying, and facing the audience with a confrontational stare, Mike Hadreas does frighteningly unreal things with his voice; abrasive screams that scratch and rough like sandpaper burst through the canvas of ‘Grid’, and during a cover of ‘Body’s In Trouble’ by culty Canadian jazz musician Mary Margaret O’Hara, he floats and yelps interchangeably.
Playing Latitude on the same day as Christine and The Queens, Grimes – two other artists who gender-bend, subvert boundaries, and are daringly unafraid to be themselves – seems entirely fitting for Perfume Genius. It’s during ‘Queen’ that he soars highest. “No family is safe, when I sashay,” Hadreas cries, like he’s exorcising all fear and taking control. Today, Perfume Genius has a whole stage captivated, and wrapped around his little finger.
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It comes ahead of the release of his new album ‘Ugly Season’.
An album in its truest form, a record to sit with and take in as one whole.
The record is an accompaniment to Mike Hadreas’ dance piece ‘The Sun Still Burns Here’.
In celebration of the album’s one year anniversary!