Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius

Melbourne Recital Centre by arrangement with Mistletone are today delighted to announce U.S.A pop provocateur Perfume Genius’ return to Melbourne on 9 March 2018 in a stunning headline show in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Tickets are on sale 9am Monday 6 November. To book, visit or 03 9699 3333.

Perfume Genius has evolved into a formidable force, summoning songs that are deeply vulnerable and achingly confessional. His pop smarts and sonic innovation is a primal scream that empowers and enthrals. Stretching the outmost corners of the human psyche, his soft, tender balladry turns hauntingly dark. Often exploring subjects such as sexuality, homophobia and domestic abuse, singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius, draws on influence from PJ Harvey and Liz Phair, combining poetic honesty with brutally contrasting sounds. Dubbed as ‘pure decadence’ (Pitchfork) Pefume Genius’ newest album No Shape is his most realised yet, a tender transcendental protest record of love and devotion.

The early music of the Seattle-based artist is characterized by gentle piano work juxtaposed by emotionally piercing lyrics and haunting forays of ambience. Known then as a poster-wraith for notorious, joyous, tortured and free boys, girls and their fellow travelers, his first two albums consisted largely of exquisite and cruelly abbreviated songs seemingly sung in the dark at a piano with all the silences left in. After 2010’s Learning and 2012’s Put Your Back N 2 It, the latest 2017 release No Shape follows the broader sonic template mapped out by 2014’s_ Too Bright_. Too Bright had stepped out saucily onto a bigger stage, expressing emotions arranged all along the slippery continuum from rage to irony to love. No Shape delves deeper into themes of gender identity, religion and political injustice charcterised by stripped-back piano pieces that explode into brazen orchestra-esque outbursts; the music now moving from rage to love, from menacing to raw.

Hadreas has lived a lot of life in his early years and today the 36-year old has developed his very own musical expression of soul-baring, emotionally lurid pop-rock. Perfume Genius brings his fragile yet brutally honest songs to Melbourne for a performance in which you can expect colour and humour as much as musical intensity.

Don’t miss one of the most important artists of our time; a queer icon as well as a dearly loved indie artist who has broken through dramatically from his early days as a bedroom artist to become a riveting live performer.

‘Perfume Genius creates an unforgettable experience.’ Northwest Music Scene

‘Perfume Genius sashays and slays.’ Billboard

‘Hadreas changes shape, shifting into an undulating lord of seduction; part Morrissey, part Annie Lennox and part Peter Pan.’ Audiofemme

‘Considering Perfume Genius’s first two albums catalogue a lifestyle of excess, abuse and its repercussion with tremulous intimacy, Hadreas now finds himself the missing link between Rufus Wainwright and Arca. He is a fearless and literate storyteller at home on a piano stool (like Wainwright), and a sensual artist striving to transcend the body, to be fluid and unanchored… When he is in full-frontal mode, Hadreas postures like a rock star, having what looks like a blast’ – the Guardian


Friday 9 March 2018, 8pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Perfume Genius
Tickets $59

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre by arrangement with Mistletone

To listen to the album No Shape on Spotify click here
Watch Perfume Genius’ official video ‘Die 4 You’ on YouTube here


Peter Ritchie
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Brandon Le Gallez
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