PERFUME GENIUS + BIG THIEF @ THE MAYAN
Photos by Leslie Kalohi
Ahead of his Friday night performance on the Gobi Stage at Coachella, Mark Hadreas, AKA Perfume Genius, headlined a packed house at the Mayan in support of last year’s acclaimed release, No Shape.
Arriving to the stage in an ornate jacket fashioned with multiple sleeves, undivided attention was commanded from the beginning. Songs like “Queen” seem designed with a live Perfume Genius performance in mind, as his lean frame elongated into the most bewitching of poses as he sang, “No family is
safe when I sashay.”
“It was suggested to me to come up with banter,” addressed Hadreas shyly to the fans midway through the night, briefly describing his time in Australia before trailing off from conversation into another ornately beautiful composition.
But with such seductively cinematic and sweeping anthems like “Wreath” and “Slip Away,” paired with poetic body movements, banter is hardly needed at a Perfume Genius show. Whether utilizing the higher register of his voice for a tremulous croon, or screaming into the mic alongside a powerhouse combination of driving bass and drum lines, Hadreas effortlessly proved his versatility as an artist over and again.
The evening also included a special appearance by Weyes Blood on “Sides.”
Big Thief began its opening set with barely a whisper as the band gradually reached a crashing crescendo, anchored by Adrienne Lenker’s yearning vocals.