Electronic Press Kit
Genre: Indie Rock
Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA
The Lavender Scare is a queer POC led indie rock band from Los Angeles, CA comprised of multi-instrumentalists James Delos Reyes and Luis Servin. Inspired by the likes of Radiohead, the Cure, and Arcade Fire, the band confidently delivers on heavy guitar-driven anthems interwoven with beds of dream-like synths. Their sound evokes feelings of wistfulness, cynicism, and urgency navigated seamlessly by singer Reyes. At times, his vocal stylings draw comparisons to grunge gods a la Cobain and Cornell. And yet, this reassured angst constantly retracts with gentle croons permeating atop lush synth pads. This wrestling back and forth only reinforces the lyrical themes which often are inspired by Reyes’ own upbringing. Growing up in the church, he struggled to make sense of his own sexuality. He eventually parted ways with his long-held beliefs having to reclaim and discover his own sense of self. In each catchy melody, you can always hear this resilience exude in his darkly tinged voice.
Formed in 2016, the band started out delivering moody cabaret-inspired sing-a-longs like their debut single “Drag for a Queen.” The song and accompanying music video features a drag-inspired story digging in as a harsh critique of conversion therapy. In November 2019, the band debuted a darker, heavier tone to their agenda in the form of their first EP "Hand Me Down Kingdom Come." Opening track “Better Looking Boy” pummels the listener with a pounding stop-and-go pulse of densely laid guitars. The song whose lyrics pay homage to a popular gay hookup app was also released with its own standalone mobile app–an interactive experience that draws listeners more into the song’s underbelly with a taste of tribute and double-edged satire.
While focusing on songwriting during the pandemic, the Lavender Scare overhauled their sound for an even bigger sonic palette drawing influences from shoegaze, indie anthem rock, and 80’s goth rock among others. In January 2022, the band debuted their latest single "Kiss Me Till I Die" and will follow up with a slate of new releases including “Pastel Skin,” "Tall Grass,” “Red Letter Edition,” and more. Check out "Kiss Me Till I Die" available now on all streaming platforms.
Contact/Social MediaMain Website: www.thelavenderscaremusic.com
Press"“Kiss Me Till I Die” is a true listening rock experience as it features an electrifying soundscape with its contrasting sounds." Review for "Miss Me Till I Die" by AI Love Music
"“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
"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
Dominic Martinez: bass (only for live performances)
Brandon Lynch: drums (only for live performances)