In a music world flooded with guitar-centric indie outfits, Les RAV brings a refreshing image, sound and message to the Austin scene. Winners of the Recording Conservancy of Austin’s 2011 Best Unsigned Artist Competition, Les RAV has been featured on countless local and international music channels: from KUT, KLRU-PBS, and Austin's CultureMap to European radio.
The charismatic frontwoman, Lauren Bruno, arranges hauntingly beautiful tracks that are at once melancholy and theatrical, quirky and catchy, without descending into the formulaic. Each song, Bruno confides openly on stage, is inspired by her own struggles with illness, healing, and heartache: “I never understood why people wrote breakup songs . . . until I wrote one. Then I was like, yeah, fuck you, this feels great!”
Off-stage, Bruno uses her music to stir dialogue about creativity, passion, and human connectivity. As part of their Kickstarter campaign, the band has launched “Inspire Me”, asking fans from across the country to submit videos in which they openly and honestly describe their inspirations. From one submission: “Music is a way to transcend yourself. Les RAV really changed the music scene for me, I take their songs with me everywhere I go."
(Full disclosure, Vesper Magazine has been commissioned by Les RAV to put together their Kickstarter video, so we are definitely, gleefully, and gratefully biased. We