The Lavender Scare are the group helmed by multi-instrumentalists James Delos Reyes and Luis Servin, who describe themselves as “queer godless indie rock based outta Echo Park.”
The duo find their religion in dark rock anthems, ’70s/’80s-styled jams with heavy guitars and cinematic synths backing Reyes’ brooding vocals. The singer finds inspirations for Lavendar Scare songs in his conflicted upbringing — reared in the church yet wrestling with his own identity.
“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.
||| Stream: “Red Letter Edition”
||| Also: Stream “Kiss Me Till I Die”
||| Live: Lavender Scare, along with Ritual Fade and Aguste Sharma, perform Friday night at the Love Song Bar.