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Tuesday night Mollie and I went to Schubas to see a show by artist Mike Hadreas, who performs under the name Perfume Genius. I’ve been listening incessantly to Put Your Back N 2 It, the most recent Perfume Genius record, since it arrived at CHIRP a couple of months ago. The songs are sparse, often times with little more than piano accompaniment, but have so much heart and raw emotion running through them that you can feel the heartache when Hadreas sings “I will carry on with grace, zero tears on my face” as he does on the haunting “No Tear.” Hadreas, who is gay, sings accessible songs containing universal elements like love, loss, hope, and fear that are familiar to any person no matter their sexual orientation. Schubas has long been one of the great places in Chicago to see live music and I can’t think of a better place to see Perfume Genius. The sound was pristine and the nearly sold-out audience was so attentive that you could hear a pin drop.
After a wonderful set, Hadreas announced that instead of leaving the stage and coming back out for the obligatory encore he would just duck under his piano for 10 seconds. And that is exactly what he did. He then proceeded to sing two more songs, and as tears streamed down his face after the last song (the unreleased “Katie”), he said, “Thank You” and briskly walked off stage leaving the audience alone with memories of a truly magical evening.
Watch the Video for “Hood” by Perfume Genius: