I think what's scary about it is how much is it out of your control. I think it was just having something. You're very known for your vibrant Twitter account. ", Following the release of the album, Hadreas toured it and played sold out headline shows. It wasn't this completely horrible dark time. I think that's what was happening. I'm a pretty selfish person in a lot of ways but I feel like I kind of let that go a little bit when I'm writing.  In April 2015, Hadreas was featured on the cover and in the pages of Hello Mr.. When I got done touring my last album, we ended up being here in a smaller city for like a year straight. 1. It's like fifty times on the album! Essentially, when [the work] is not inspired, he can catch that quicker than I can. Michael Alden Hadreas (born September 25, 1981), better known by his stage name Perfume Genius, is an American singer. After all, as he jokes with me when explaining what moving to New York initially did for helping him find a community of like-minded people, "I don't know. Writing was a way for me to be a lot more patient with all those things and more thoughtful to help me see the big picture more than just sort of buzzing with a bunch of random anxieties. I was proud of myself! It felt like I was pushing myself. Even though it's been wonderful here, I want to be somewhere where when I leave my house I can see more gay people, more fucking weirdos and other people that are on the other side of all the horrible shit that's going on. I think I've definitely shaken off a lot more of it in the last five years than I ever did growing up. What inspired the title, No Shape, of the new album? When I first sort of allowed myself to follow my instincts and wear whatever I wanted, I went all out. Listen to Otherside by Perfume Genius, 184,808 Shazams, featuring on Indie Replay, and Alternative Hits: 2017 Apple Music playlists. There is a flash during "Otherside," the opening track from Perfume Genius's fourth album, No Shape, when the sound shifts from soft and delicate—acoustic, even—to explosive and expansive. But if that isn't a subject you're deliberately trying to write about, do you think it's something in your subconscious that is always cluing into that aspect of life? Especially in the videos and the clothes, there is a little bit more winking and I don't feel like it sacrifices the feeling. this song is incredibly touching and the topic is not sung in songs often enough. ", On May 9, 2017 Perfume Genius released the video for "Die 4 You", directed by Floria Sigismondi. We have this nice house and everything is really cozy, but the isolated part that is so good for writing and is so nice for escaping doesn't really do it for us for an extended period of time. I think, in the beginning, I was just writing whatever I was thinking. It's just this quiet anger that I've had my whole life about constantly being weirdly awkward and self-aware, and scared, and uncomfortable. Alan Wyffels (l) and Mike Hadreas (r) at a Perfume Genius show / Getty Images. That's what's so complicated I think about that stuff. When the shows are a little bigger, I can just feel everybody. At least it worked to your advantage. On September 16, 2016, Hadreas released a cover of Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love" in collaboration with Prada. But Slip Away isn’t Perfume Genius’ only angst-ridden song making the rounds in pop.Otherside has also been used to ratchet up that sweet, sweet teen anguish – most recently in the trailer for the much-hyped film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch, and Netflix’s current crop of teen dramas.. Yeah, it just didn't feel right, especially after people started listening to the music. I don't know. It definitely became more important to me though. Hadreas was featured on the cover of the March/April 2017 issue of The Fader, which included a lengthy feature on Hadreas and his work on his next album. It's still scary but in a fun way now. I played this show in Paris! I feel that my music is political, but it's usually after; the core part of it is personal. Also, everything became really rebellious. "your father before you and your sister too" not about taking off your dress off to get into show business. People can do it and whatever, but I never want to kick it with anybody who's just doing coke. I think about more people and I kind of feel better. Do you think having that marginalized identity was one of the driving factors that drew you towards wanting to create music in the first place? Hadreas also opened up about getting over his high school bullies, addiction and sobriety, why late-night donut deliveries prompted his upcoming move from Washington to Los Angeles, being scandalized by Liz Phair's "talking about sucking dick," and how the continuous success of his music career is helping him gain confidence. I was forcing it. When did you get to a point where you felt comfortable ignoring those gendered norms? I just feel good about it. But then "Slip Away"—which was this kind of warm pop song—came out and it felt way more uncomfortable to me and way more inspired. If you come out, you'll make less money, you'll play for fewer people, and people won't give you a shot as often. We don't really know anyone here. It was very grand. I think that's mostly what it is. It's just what I want it to do. Michael Alden Hadreas (born September 25, 1981), better known by his stage name Perfume Genius, is an American singer. I want it to make you cry. [The music stuff] all happened really quickly and my life changed a lot, but I don't think I necessarily noticed because I was so focused on just doing it and showing up. I think just laughing about all of it is more what I do day-to-day. Liz Phair, for sure. (Picture a vintage black-and-white film bursting into full 1080p technicolor.) I definitely get more press in some ways because of it. Slip Away We were in the big city, just a different one everyday, and we didn't really need it anymore. It's surreal sometimes because I remember I was the same way when I was growing up.  The album quickly received critical acclaim, including an 8.2 out of 10 score from Pitchfork. It's just not until you gather all the songs together and start writing up a lyric sheet [that you realize] how many times I say 'body.' She was so advanced technically. His following release, the memorably titled Put Your Back N 2 It, featured "Hood," a single whose video found Hadreas playing dress-up in a white room while well-known (and since deceased) gay porn star Arpad Miklos erotically doused him in lipstick. He performed his first live show at The Vera Project in Seattle, where he opened for A Sunny Day in Glasgow.. It's more like a spiritual meaning—kind of leveling up, I guess. In 2019, the track Otherside was used in the trailer for the film The Goldfinch, adapted from the Donna Tartt novel of the same name. It's scary. Just stuff like that. You know, I've been with Alan [Wyffels] this whole time—a long time—and, I don't know, I felt like I needed to write some things that were kind to him in a very specific way. I so badly just want to have something to show that sometimes I will just force it down. I don't know. It would be weird for me to curate my Twitter and Instagram like that. You really don't need any of that information. But now it can be a lot more thrilling in a really physical way; I kind of get off on it now. I didn't feel like I needed to go through my history again or heal up anything. It's how you're trained in your brain. I had just kind of come out to myself in my head, but then hearing her off-handedly talk about blowjobs and stuff like that? I'm writing music that I wish I would have heard when I was younger.