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Inspirational Music for Heretics and Backsliders

Genre: Indie Rock
Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA


The Lavender Scare is a queer-influenced 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. Singer James Delos Reyes grew up in the church developing his musical skills by playing in and leading various worship bands. Struggling 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. Songs like "Sermonettes," "Sunday Sons," and "Careful Little Eyes" explore topics on gender identity, sexuality, and religion. Their upcoming single "Better Looking Boy" pays homage to a popular gay hookup app for which Reyes spent his first 3 years in LA working for. Despite singing about topics people are told to constantly avoid, their music remains above all irresistible. The dark satire reveals itself to be charming. The attitudes of defiance and resistance are universally felt. And as always, the melodies stay catchy. Even fundamentalists will secretly be tapping their toes while shaking their fists.


"“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

"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

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
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lavender_scare
Email: thelavenderscaremusic@gmail.com
For Press: Contact Kevin Mockford: Kevin.SubRosaPR@gmail.com


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)

Recommended If You Like

Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The National, Nirvana, Nick Cave, Spoon, Fiona Apple


"Hand Me Down Kingdom Come" (5 Song EP Forthcoming)

"Buried Behind Monet/Backsliders" (Release Date: 9/1/18)

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

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