Perfume Genius – Spotify Singles Session Out Now, Fall Tour begins 9/27 in Santa Barbara

For those who have been able to see Perfume Genius live since the release of No Shape, you might find his cover of Mary Margaret O’Hara’s “Body’s In Trouble” familiar. It has been known to pop up in the set from time to time. Here’s what Mike Hadreas has to say about the song he has chosen to cover over and over:

I started covering this song on tour almost immediately after hearing it for the first time. I was so struck by her command and presence even though she weaves in and out of being present. Her vocal is somehow on the rhythm and completely around it, lyrics and chords are repeated throughout but there is no real center. There are brief moments where the music fully connects in a traditional way but after a few listens the most satisfying part is the song’s magic formlessness. I wouldn’t dare try to mimic or recapture her performance, but I tried to sing in the same wandering, mantra-like way – but taking it somewhere a little more sinister. I’ve lost count of how many times I use the word “body” in my songs.

My relationship with my own body is confusing and I use music to try and puzzle it out, or as rebellion against needing a form at all. Playing this cover onstage every night I use her lyric to phase in and out of both of those ideas.

The Single Session also includes “Slip Away” which was also recorded live at Spotify’s Studio in NYC.


This fall is RIPE with opportunities to see the band. See below dates that include a December residency in NYC as well as a run of shows with The XX.

09/27 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl*
09/29 Inglewood, CA – The Forum*
9/30 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
10/3 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre*
10/4 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre*
10/5 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
10/6 – Dallas, TX – South Side music Hall
10/8 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
10/9 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
10/10 Magna, UT – The Saltair*
10/12 Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion Theater*
10/13 – St Louis, MO – The Ready Room
10/17 Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy*
10/18 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
10/19 New Orleans, LA – Champions Square*
10/21  Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater
11/2 – Glasgow, UK – Glasgow School of Art
11/3 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
11/4 – Liverpool, UK – Stanley Theatre
11/5 – London, UK – The Roundhouse
11/6 – Brighton, UK – The Old Market
11/8 – Paris, FR – La Gaite Lyrique
11/9 –  Antwerp, BE – Trix
11/9 – 11/12 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who Festival
11/13 – Hamburg, DE – Gruenspan
11/17 -11/18 – Braga, PT – Gente Sentada
11/19 – Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
11/20 – Cologne, DE – Kulturkirche
11/22 – Munich, DE – Technikum
11/23 – Milan, IT – Linecheck Festival
11/26 – Barcelona, ES – Sala Apolo
11/27 – Madrid, ES – Joy Eslava
11/28 – Bordeaux, FR – Rockschool Barbey
11/29 – Rennes, FR – Antipode
12/10 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
12/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
12/12 Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/13 Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

*With The XX