Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Drag For A Queen”?
Yeah, “Drag for a Queen” is our first single as a band. It’s a sarcastic, catchy little track about a drag queen that finds Jesus.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The song is loosley based on a person named John Paulk, who appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine back in the 90’s with his then ex-wife Anne Paulk under the headline “Gay for Life?.” It was an article about how he and his wife were both able to “change” their sexual orientation through reparative therapy. I was a teenager when it came out and remember reading it thinking that I might be able to change the sexual feelings I was starting to have at the time. (Boy was I wrong.) The couple wrote ex-gay books and continued working in ex-gay ministries. Flash to a decade later, a scandal broke out about how Mr. Paulk was caught going to gay bars, started his own catering service targeted towards gay men, and allegedly tried to coerce a relationship with one of his male employees. At the time, he denied these allegations. Meanwhile, his wife had continued to give her testimony throughout different churches about how the couple were able to change their orientation. Eventually, he renounced his ministry and the couple divorced. You’ll see elements of this story in our song, “Drag for a Queen.” His wife is still to this day involved in ex-gay ministries, so we dedicate this song to her.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We shot it and are in the editing process. It’s crazy. Suffice to say there is a drag queen in it, and the category is Pastor’s Wives Realness.
How was the recording and writing process?
I tried to get in drag as a form of method acting for the song. However, I was too lazy to learn how to put makeup on. Plus, I don’t have any fashion sense.
What role does Los Angeles plays in your writing?
It brings a lot of diversity to the table. I grew up in a fairly homogenous suburb, so living in LA is a bit of departure. A lot of my songs have come from a perspective of being the odd man out, but living in LA, everybody is odd, so it challenges me to write with a different purpose and sense of self.
How has your upbringing and personal life influence your writing?
Well, I grew up in the church and struggled greatly with my sexual orientation for a long time. You’ll see lots of references in our songs to LGBT culture and Protestant theology/culture. They say you shouldn’t talk about politics and religion, so I decided to sing about it instead.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely not. We have a large catalog of songs at our disposal, but I’m not interested in making an album until the timing is right. For now, we’ll continue focusing on singles.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Where are you finding the inspiration for the music and lyrics on this record?
I talked a bit about the lyrics, so I won’t go more into that. But musically, I really wanted to channel the Beatles song “Honey Pie” with this song. I wanted to imitate it with a darker and more sarcastic spin to it.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes. We’re still trying to make a name for ourselves in Los Angeles. As our fan base broadens, we’ll look into hitting the road.
What else is happening next in The Lavender Scare’s world?
The music video is the next big thing. I think it will definitely raise a few eyebrows. I will measure success in the amount of angry internet comments we receive.