In the first of two sold out shows at The Independent in San Francisco on July 18, the always charismatic Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) put forth an intensely emotional, yet uplifting performance with the help of opening vocalist Serpentwithfeet.
Armed with merely a mic, a keyboard and sometimes a backing track, Serpentwithfeet sang sweet lullabies to a packed house. Although Serpentwithfeet only sang a handful of songs, his ethereal voice was the perfect appetizer for the main course of Perfume Genius.
After an agonizingly long intermission, the lights went low and Hadreas sauntered out wearing khakis and black patent leather high heels as only he could. Starting off his set with ‘Otherside’ the opening track to his new album No Shape, Hadreas set the tone for the night with a mixture of mellow piano and sweeping soundscapes. Perfume Genius has always been a master of walking the line between brooding musicality and in your face emotionality.
While Perfume Genius masterfully morphed between low tempo intimate tracks like ‘Valley’ and ‘Normal Song’ and the ever more danceable songs like ‘Wreath’ and ‘Slip Away’, Easily one of the highlights of the evening was the epic combination of the Mary Margaret O’Hara cover ‘My Body’s in Trouble’, ‘Grid’ and ‘My Body’. Even though Perfume Genius played an amazing set of 16 songs, they still came back for a 5-song encore with deep cuts from their first album such as ‘Learning’ and ‘Mr Peterson’.
Whether you have been a long time fan of Hadreas and his music, or you just discovered him, this tour was not one to miss.
Perfume Genius will be playing a special show Thursday night at the El Rey in Los Angeles (click here for tickets)
As well as a couple festivals including FYF fest on June 20, and the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA on June 23 before heading to Europe for August, but they will be coming back to the US for some special supporting shows with The XX.