Perfume Genius is the project of singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas, whose music spans fragile piano ballads and swaggering glam rock as he explores subjects such as sexuality, homophobia, and domestic abuse with brutal and often poetic honesty. Growing up in Everett, Washington, Hadreas was bullied for being gay and coped by painting, writing, and listening to artists including PJ Harvey and Liz Phair. While attending Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts, he was hospitalized after he was attacked by a group of young men in his neighborhood. Hadreas drew on these experiences and more on albums such as 2010's acclaimed debut Learning and 2014's swaggering Too Bright, which featured production by Portishead's Adrian Utley and longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish. ~ Heather Phares
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