Electronic Press Kit

Band Name: The Lavender Scare
Genre: Indie Rock
Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA



The Lavender Scare is a queer-led indie rock band from Los Angeles, CA comprised of musicians James Delos Reyes and Luis Servin. Formed in 2016, the band has evolved sonically from tight moody sing-a-longs to colorful epic anthems inspired by bands like Radiohead and Arcade Fire. Growing up in the church, singer James Delos Reyes struggled to make sense of his own sexuality alongside long-held beliefs. He eventually left the church creating the backdrop used for many of the lyrical themes and imagery that the Lavender Scare sifts through.

In November of 2019, the band released their first EP "Hand Me Down Kingdom Come" featuring five songs further expounding on these themes of queer culture and religious skepticism. The EP's first single "Better Looking Boy" pays homage to a popular gay hookup app. The single was even released with its own standalone app called BettrLook as an interactive companion to the song's lyrics (available on both iOS and Android). It stands a pure example of the band's creativity and willingness to explore sensitive topics not often found in indie music. Despite the challenging themes, the EP along with the rest of the band's catalog remains above all irresistible. The dark satire reveals itself to be charming. Songs like EP standouts "Sunday Sons" and "Sermonettes" show off an attitudes of defiance and resistance that is universally felt. And as always, the melodies stay catchy. When listening to the Lavender Scare, even fundamentalists will secretly be tapping their toes while shaking their fists. Check out the band's debut EP "Hand Me Down Kingdom Come" available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and other music platforms.

Contact/Social Media

Main Website: www.thelavenderscaremusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelavenderscare
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thelavenderscare
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thelavenderscare
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5CyEP1kvNbCnLK5BiMdIHu
Bandcamp: https://thelavenderscare.bandcamp.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lavender_scare
Email: thelavenderscaremusic@gmail.com

BettrLook app

BettrLook is a companion dating app released alongside the single "Better Looking Boy." The app includes a stream and mp3 download of the single and takes you into the world that inspired the lyrics of the song.
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"“Better Looking Boy” will find an eager audience among those familiar with the band and net many new fans. Anyone who likes impassioned guitar rock and melody will rate this duo high. The Lavender Scare haven’t been together that long, but their latest single positions them to reach heights they haven’t yet explored. The track’s raw and immediate sound makes it an intimate experience the duo maximizes into a sweeping and sculpted take on theatrical guitar rock. It has a strong individual voice. They are based out of the right city to make a mark. Songs like this are sure to improve The Lavender Scare’s ability to play higher profile venues and the size of the market in Los Angeles and the surrounding area puts them center stage to exert direct influence over their fortunes. “Better Looking Boy” won me over from the first and improves with further listening." - Review for "Better Looking Boy" by Too Much Love

"“Better Looking Boy” is put together in such a way it makes maximum impact on listener. Reyes and Servin clearly know what they want to do with this track and it has a sweep carrying you along from the outset and raising the ante throughout. It’s the best standalone single release yet from Los Angeles’ The Lavender Scare with both artistic and entertainment value. It has a voice all its own, as well, while invoking classic strands with punchy modern production." - Review for "Better Looking Boy" by MobAngeles

"The Lavender Scare are truly captivating and will be the band we’ll be talking about in years to come as leaders in modern queer music greatness." - The Q Reviews

"I keep coming back to Reyes’ vocal each new time I listen to the song. He has such easy charisma that draws you closer to his voice – it’s a vocal instrument with the unique talent for inducing suspension of disbelief for listeners. Vocalists like this are in the transportation business; they take you to another world. [...] Los Angeles is home to many bands pursuing a multitude of different stylistic ends and The Lavender Scare’s “Better Looking Boy” is one of the better indie rock workouts released in recent memory. James Delos Reyes and Luis Servin have established a signature sound and approach after only a few single releases and their potential seems boundless from this point forward. They are definitely one of my favorite recent guitar band discoveries." - Review for "Better Looking Boy" by IndiePulse Music

"Their unique way of communication through sounds is glorious to the ears, with emphatic lyrics and gentle weeping of guitars and indie-rock sensibilities." - Review for "Buried Behind Monet" by Come Here Floyd

"Any band that can change their colours so convincingly is one to pay close attention to, as you never know what else they may have up their sleeve." - Review for "Buried Behind Monet" by Belwood Music

"The song Buried Behind Monet by L.A. (Ca) based The Lavender Scare has many musical and emotional layers. The prose has intimate reflections as well as more broad social and political commentary (some easier to decipher and some too abstract to necessarily make out) but in the end the words and sounds lie bare like a musical Rorschach test." - Review for "Buried Behind Monet" by American Pancake


"Prophet Share" (Single Released 7/8/20)

"Holy Road" (Single Released 5/13/20)

"Hand Me Down Kingdom Come" (5 Song EP Released 11/1/19)

"Buried Behind Monet/Backsliders" (Single Released 9/1/18)

"Drag for a Queen/Wolves of L.A." Single on Digital and 7 inch Vinyl (Released 7/15/17)


James Delos Reyes: vocals, guitar, bass, piano, organ
Luis Servin: guitar
Dominic Martinez: bass (only for live performances)
Brandon Lynch: drums (only for live performances)

Previous Venues Played

Echo Park Rising, Hi Hat, Highland Park Bowl, Harvard and Stone, Hotel Cafe, Resident DTLA, Love Song Bar, Bar Lubitsch, the BLVD, Lot 1, Five Star Bar, DBA256, Ham and Eggs, the Lexington, etc.

Recommended If You Like

Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The National

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