Electronic Press Kit
Genre: Indie Rock
Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA
LA indie rock band the Lavender Scare charms listeners with a sense of both tenderness and urgency. Amidst dark, atmospheric guitars and beds of synths, their songs are a downpour of melancholy infused with bright, catchy melodies recalling bands like the National and Radiohead. Singer James Delos Reyes pulls from his personal upbringing, navigating listeners through provocative queer lyrics emblazoned with irreligous sentiments. In the end, the music speaks for itself. Even fundamentalists will secretly be tapping their toes while shaking their fists.
Formed in 2016, the band started out delivering moody cabaret sing-a-longs like their debut single “Drag for a Queen.” The lyrics and accompanying video features the narrative of an "ex-gay" christian advocating that being gay is a choice while secretly moonlighting as a drag queen. Although the band has since evolved passed the dark cheekiness of their previous sound, challenging lyrics like this still prevail. In September 2022, the band debuted their latest single "Names." The song is a provocative pro-trans narrative asking the question "What if God was trans?" Listeners can expect to hear more thought-provoking themes with future singles "Invisible Animals", "Must Be Nice", and "Who Will Save the Saviors?" Til then, listen to "Names" available now on all streaming platforms.
Contact/Social MediaMain Website: www.thelavenderscaremusic.com
Press“Red Letter Edition,” which officially comes out on Friday, is the band’s second single of 2022 and the fourth they have released since their 2019 EP, “Hand Me Down Kingdom Come.” There’s a Floydian sweep to the new single, in which Reyes airs what he sees as the Good Book’s dirty laundry. Hypocrisy, it’s what’s for dinner."
Single Premiere for "Red Letter Edition" by Buzzbands LA
"The touching lyrics and passionate vocal delivery are matched by a stunning collection of twangy guitar licks and uncanny-sounding drums. No really, every cymbal hit and guitar stroke echo throughout the song. The fuzzed-out bass/guitar crescendo at the end feels like it’s rumbling in your soul. “Names” is a moody, yet uplifting tune that needs to be heard to be believed."
Single Premiere for "Names" by Get Some Magazine
"The evocative pro- trans narrative of "Names" by Los Angeles based The Lavender Scare feels somewhere between 70's South Western noir and 90's Gothic rock from the atmospheric guitars, stalwart bass moves, amazing drums that feel surfy but also seem to Tango in sultry ways and James Delos Reyes' ultra cool passionate vox."
Single Review for "Names" by American Pancakes
"“Kiss Me Till I Die” is a true listening rock experience as it features an electrifying soundscape with its contrasting sounds."
Single Review for "Kiss Me Till I Die" by AI Love Music
"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."
Single Review for "Filth and Fame" by The Q Reviews
"Tendrils" (Single Released 2/22/23)
"Who Will Save the Saviors?" (Single Released 12/13/22)
"Must Be Nice" (Single Released 11/4/22)
"Names" (Single Released 9/23/22)
"Pastel Skin" (Single Released 4/22/22)
"Tall Grass" (Single Released 3/18/22)
"Red Letter Edition" (Single Released 2/18/22)
"Kiss Me Till I Die" (Single Released 1/14/22)
"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)
MembersJames Delos Reyes: vocals, guitar, bass, piano, organ
Luis Servin: guitar