With his aptly named third album “Too Bright”, Perfume Genius defiantly stepped out of the darkness and into the spotlight, undeniably conquering 2014 as a result. Armed with breakthrough singles like “Queen” and “Grid”, “Too Bright” garnered Mike Hadreas some of his best reviews to date, and even landed him an already iconic performance on the Late Show With David Letterman, where he performed in white suit and harness.
Now, fresh off completing a sold out run of UK dates, including a rapturously received show at the Islington Assembly Hall in November, Hadreas announces his biggest and most momentous show to date, at the venerable Royal Festival Hall in June. As anyone who went to the recent shows will attest, there has been a startling progression in showmanship, and surely playing a venue as beautiful and historic as the Royal Festival Hall will unleash even more thrilling dramatics and theatrics from Hadreas and his band.
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In more exciting news, today Hadreas unveils the brilliant video for his new single “Fool”. Picking up on the themes of rebellion and insurrection in the lyrics, in which Hadreas firmly and angrily rejects any convenient gay stereotypes others have created for him, the Charlotte Rutherford-directed video shows Hadreas literally putting on a show – skating through the suburbs complete with red nails and lipstick. A strangely beautiful interlude, in which Hadreas appears to exorcise these demons in an ancient pagan ritual offers a glimmer of hope that he may be free of such a burden, but once the doo-wop melody picks up he is, unfortunately, right back where he started, this time performing to a judging panel. It’s a cruel but mischievous, bleak but beautiful dissection of ingrained stereotyping – but what else would you expect from Perfume Genius by now?
Watch ‘Fool’ BELOW:
UPCOMING LIVE DATE
June 10th 2015
Royal Festival Hall, London