Sunday, September 30, 2018

The multi-layered "Buried Behind Monet" by L.A.'s The Lavender Scare

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. The band is centered around James Delos Reyes and Luis Servin who formed the musical outfit in 2016 after years of following Radiohead on tour together. Lead singer Reyes deftly blends in political commentary and satire into his personal lyrics of his experience being gay and growing up in the Evangelical Church. Songs like "Non-Denominational Heretic" and "Drag for a Queen" spin down rabbit holes with lyrical sharp edges that are easy to swallow within the song's themselves playing like a hybrid blend of indie rock, art pop, glam and baroque pop. The Lavender Scare are (appropriately) James Delos Reyes (guitar/piano), Luis Servin(guitar), Diego Alulema (drums) and Dominic Martinez (bass).

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Robb Donker