Video of the Moment #1580: Perfume Genius

By on Monday, 21st July 2014 at 6:00 pm

Perfume Genius – aka Mike Hadreas – will be releasing his next album ‘Too Bright’ in mid-September. Ahead of that, he’s letting loose bits and pieces to get us all excited. The promo video for single ‘Queen’ is a confusing one (pigs in elevators! cheerleaders with the words ‘Free Bird’ emblazoned across their chests!), but it’s all based on this song that Hadreas wrote about confronting what it’s been like to be a gay man, getting strange looks from heterosexual ones. Hadreas described it on the Matablog like this:

I’ve seen faces of blank terror when I walk by. Sometimes from seemingly strong, macho dudes – somehow my presence confuses and ultimately scares them. There is a strange power to it that I’ve only recently begun to understand and embrace. After many years trying to sort out exactly what they are scared of, most of the time converting the result into personal shame, there are now moments of monstrous pride.

Watch the video below. ‘Too Bright’ drops on the 22nd of September on Matador Records.


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