Music Hall of Williamsburg Welcomes Perfume Genius

October 5th, 2012

Feeling isolated following a move from New York to Everett, Wash., Mike Hadreas—under the name Perfume Genius—began making fragile, honest music that found a following on MySpace. Enough people were paying attention that in 2010 Hadreas put out his debut, Learning. Of which NME said, “Heartbreaking, rip-your-toenails-out bleakness is all part of Perfume Genius’ charm.” This past winter, Hadreas, dubbed “bruised balladeer” by The Guardian, released his second studio effort, Put Your Back N 2 It (stream it below), also filled with revealing songs about misspent youth and rising above adversity. And while some people may think he’s too open, Hadreas doesn’t think anything should be off limits when it comes to his music “as long as I’m being earnest and it’s going to be helpful to me or to somebody else.” Perfume Genius (above, doing “Hood” and “Normal Song” for la Blogothèque) plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday.