Los Angeles-located indie rock band The Lavender Scare recently made its debut with the single Drag for a Queen. James Delos Reyes (singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist) and Luis Servin (multi-instrumentalist) teamed up just last year and together they are creating their self-described “Music for Heretics and Backsliders.”
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.
Case in point, the satirically-edged, storyteller Drag for a Queen focuses on a drag queen who has renounced his previous lifestyle and ‘found God’. His switch is short-lived, however, and as he attempts to convert others, he secretly goes back to his old ways.
The timely and relevant Drag for a Queen is a condemnation of conversion therapy and highlights the harm that comes from its use. On the cabaret-inflected piano-pop number, Reyes sing-talks in a seductive, but hushed and foreboding tone amid the simmering instrumentation.
The Lavender Scare showcases a resonant topic with assured allure and, like the band’s official site states, “Even fundamentalists will secretly be tapping their toes while shaking their fists.”
Written by: Jen Dan
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