With an impeccable blend of vintage garage, soul and psych, Veronica Bianqui has been dazzling audiences across Los Angeles for quite some time. We recently caught her open Echo Park Rising’s main stage with a rousing set complete with backup singers, dancers, retro guitar riffs and Bianqui’s infectious charm.

Bianqui’s latest single “Victim” comes following the passing of her sister Marlene, who died in July following years of opiate and heroin addiction. “I wrote this song when I started discovering how being emotionally co-dependent has negatively affected my life by creating a pattern of self-victimization,” said Bianqui. “Now, to me, it represents the hope for addicts to escape from their cycle of addiction. I hope it serves as inspiration for addicts and their loved ones around the world that you can put your foot down and change—that you don’t have to be a victim, like my sister—and so many millions of others—unfortunately have been.”

All proceeds from “Victim” will benefit Harm Reduction Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy for harm reduction policies, practices, programs and policy reform and challenging the stigma drug users face. Click here for more information on the Harm Reduction Coalition.

Catch Veronica Bianqui on tour at the following dates:

Sept. 28 – The Casbah – San Diego
Sept. 29 – Sweet Spot – Joshua Tree, CA
Sept. 30 – The Constellation Room – Santa Ana

Words and photos by Frank Mojica