By Marissa Mooney |Asst. A&E editor|
Perfume Genius left an alluring aroma in the air at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Seattle’s own Mike Hadreas, the face and composition of Perfume Genius released his second album Put Your Back N 2 It this past February.
Since his first album, Learning, released in 2010, Hadreas made a comeback filled with love ballads and strong, powerful melodies. Both albums are perfect to listen to in your car, on the way to class, or while studying for a stressful midterm.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery welcomed Perfume Genius in the Masonic Lodge with an almost haunting and eerie mood. The room was filled with front to back seating, and long couches on the side. The stage was set up with throne like chairs and candles creating dark shadowy figures. The room almost presented a “David Lynchian” type vibe with red velvet curtains and dim lighting.
The audiences got a warm up for the spooky night while parking and walking through the cemetery to the venue. Creeky wooden stairs climbed up to the second floor of the Masonic Lodge to the seats to eagerly await Perfume Genius’ performance.
Mike Hadreas was joined by a backing keyboardist and drummer. His voice matched the mood of the crowd as he played along on his piano. Everyone sat quietly as they heard Hadreas’ voice waft in and out of the crowd hitting every note.
Perfume Genius even gives Grammy award-winning Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon a run for his money. Hadreas sang every song off his second album beautifully with utter confidence. The crowd was respectful and quiet most of the show but didn’t hesitate to clap or yell when a favorite song was played.
Perfume Genius’ played Hood towards the end of his set which is the song of the controversial music video that got many mixed reviews on Youtube. As soon as Hadreas chimed in on the piano and belted out: “You never call me baby,” chills filled the room and tears formed.
The song Take Me Home created a bittersweet mood. “I’ll be so quiet for you,” echoed through the seats. Not one single voice or sound was heard other than Hadreas and his piano as fans tentatively sat there taking in every single sound soaring through their ears.
The venue fit perfectly with the mood of the music and the cold October night in LA. Perfume Genius is excellent for sitting and listening to in a comforting, dark room surrounded by a cemetery of dead celebrities.
Many of the people attending Perfume Genius’ show were already fans. After the show many rushed to buy merchandise and mingle about what they thought of the show. Hadreas’ voice and stage presence should be shared more often among others.
Although not as famous as Justin Vernon, Perfume Genius’ intimate shows and powerful music makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and water build-up in your tear ducts.