Andre has composed music and performed live since the early 2000s. Moving to San Francisco in 2000, he immersed himself in the art and music scenes of that era, playing keyboards, guitars, and singing in a number of projects including The Kuffs, Expatriates, Rust Belt Music, and The Lonelyhearts. During his time in Iowa City in the mid-aughts, he performed with Heathers and Datagun. He still writes, records, and tours with The Lonelyhearts and his main collaborator John Lindenbaum (of Nadalands).
The Lonelyhearts are an apocalyptic folk-rock band primarily comprised of songwriters John Lindenbaum and Andre Perry. They have released four full-length albums including Dispatch (2005), Disaster Footage at Night (2008), Years in the Great Interior (2013), and Age of Man (2016). They have toured the US extensively — from living rooms to large theaters — and have played with artists like Golden Birds, Dewi Sant, Wye Oak, and The Mountain Goats.
Datagun was a three-piece ensemble based in Iowa City conceptually exploring themes of isolation, loneliness, and existential terror. They released two collections: Wild (2010) and Lime (2012). Members included Craig Eley (electronics, synths, vox), Tanner Illingworth (guitars, synths, vox), and Andre Perry (vox, synths, guitars). Photo by Michael Roeder