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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-inspired indie rock band from Los Angeles, CA comprised of musicians James Delos Reyes and Luis Servin. Formed in 2016 after years of following Radiohead on tour together, the two decided to craft their own musical agenda by similarly enveloping catchy, brooding melodies with lush arrangements. Singer James Delos Reyes is a unique voice in the field whose lyrics often reference his past as someone who wrestled with both religious and sexual identity. He takes this and projects his voice with command pushing his way forward with a bitter and resilient spirit. Their latest single "Buried Behind Monet" takes capital in that same resolve. It soars with urgency centered over a dancy bass groove and dense instrumentation. The song continues to push the core of what makes their music enjoyable, and that is a tension in their sound balanced with a spirit that's uplifting and exciting. When listening to the Lavender Scare, there's a feeling that can't be missed. Even fundamentalists will secretly be tapping their toes while shaking their fists.


"Their unique way of communication through sounds is glorious to the ears, with emphatic lyrics and gentle weeping of guitars and indie-rock sensibilities." - 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." - 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." - American Pancake

"The Lavender Scare’s release “Buried Behind Monet” is a shaded (not quite dark) tune that sings of melancholy and tension [...] The flow of this work is uninhibited..." - Composer's Toolbox

"Equally elegant and chilling with mid-eighties Bunnymen-esque sweeping, dramatic grandeur combining with spectral-like vocals and subterranean cavernous guitar and synth" - Barry Gruff

"The Lavender Scare’s music is melodic and densely textured, while Reyes’ lyrics are often inspired by sexual orientation struggles he faced as a youth. [...] On the cabaret-inflected piano-pop number ["Drag for a Queen"], Reyes sing-talks in a seductive, but hushed and foreboding tone amid the simmering instrumentation. " - The Record Stache

"From the psychedelic chorus flange and delay from the melodic guitar strings, to the vocals that are deep to the pitch. The phaser is in full effect and it adds to the enigmatic sound of Lavender Scare." - We Sound Strange

Contact/Social Media

Main Website: www.thelavenderscaremusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelavenderscare
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thelavenderscare
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thelavenderscare
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lavender_scare
Email: thelavenderscaremusic@gmail.com


James Delos Reyes: vocals, guitar, bass, piano, organ
Luis Servin: guitar

Recommended If You Like

Radiohead, Wilco, Nick Cave, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire, Nirvana, Elliot Smith, Spoon, Fiona Apple



"Better Looking Boy/Filth and Fame" (Unreleased)

"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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