Friday 13th July 2012
I Am Ampersand
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £8.50 / £9.50
Melting Vinyl are thrilled to announce that, after a string of intimate shows earlier this month, Perfume Genius will be heading back to Brighton on July 13th!
Following a rapturously received set at this year’s Great Escape and a support slot with the one and only Sigur Ros, Perfume Genius (AKA 30ish Seattleite Mike Hadreas) is on a roll at present, and unsurprisingly so. Having released his phenomenal sophomore record ‘Put Your Back N 2 It’, Hadreas has been on the receiving end of much critical acclaim, while being feted by luminaries like REM’s Michael Stipe.
The hypnotic songs on Put Your Back N 2 It are tender and moving, but they are also surreal and grand, recalling at times the universality of lullabies and hymns, faraway folk songs, the dramatic arc of a film score, and the almost spiritual quality suggests a kind of opiated gospel. He cites as a primary influence not one of the indie icons to which he’s sometimes compared (Cat Power, Bon Iver, Thom Yorke), but The Innocence Mission (“not their sound, but their timelessness”).
Signed to the legendary Matador Records, the singer-songwriter is building a reputation for some of the most beautiful and cathartic live performances around, and should certainly not be missed.
“(A) wintry beauty – you couldn’t fail to be intoxicated” – CD Of the Week, Independent on Sunday
“Tender…there is a compelling talent here, turning his damage into something noble” – CD
Of the Week, Observer New Review
“8/10 – rough-cut majesty…Perfume Genius can cleanse your soul” – Clash
“4 ½ stars – a unique and revelatory album of rare poetry and pathos” – Attitude
Tickets on sale now!