LANY live on night one of two sold-out shows at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA. 10/26/2018. (Photo: Rachel Ann Cauilan | @rachelcansea)
The charismatic Los Angeles-based indie-pop trio performed two sold-out nights at the Palladium, proving the future is theirs.
It’s been said that once you given LANY a listen, you’ll be sucked into their world — and that’s exactly what happened to me.
With fans built from the millennial generation and teenage girls decked out in LANY gear, the band — who formed in 2014 and released their first set of songs in 2015 — have built an incredibly devoted following in a relatively short period of time. Fans, who are infamous for camping out early in the morning to get those coveted spots upfront, came in tides to the Hollywood Palladium Friday night, as the hometown band sold-out two consecutive nights — a very impressive feat for any young indie-pop band.
Comprised of dream-boy Paul Klein (vocals, piano, guitar), Les Priest (keyboards, guitar) and Jake Goss (drums), I first fell in love with the Los Angeles-based trio that is LANY two years ago when I discovered a tiny song called “pink skies” off their 2016 kinda EP.
As lead singer Paul candidly sang, “Talking under pink skies I think our hearts are starting to show / That it’s better you and I under pink skies,” I could feel my poor teenage heart swell. The song, laced in dreamy synths and lovestruck lyrics, stole my heart — and seems to resonate with fans across the world.
On night one, Paul took to the stage in complete awe.
“Los Angeles, this is our home,” Paul said. “We played our first show at the Sayers Club just three years ago and now we sold out two nights at the Palladium.” As the crowd roared, he continued, “Thank you for spending your Friday night with us. This is our favorite place to play.”
As the opening drumbeats of “Thick and Thin,” an early favorite from their new album Malibu Nights, came on, the crowd squealed in anticipation. The band made their entrance, with an incredible light show and static backdrop reminiscent of an old black-and-white television set with the words “LANY” and “MALIBU NIGHTS” behind them.
“Out the door, just one mistake
You say you’re not in love no more
But was it really love if you can leave me for
Something so innocent?
Is this the end?
Thought you’d be there through thick and thin”
The synth-pop ballad, full of electronic drumbeats, reverberating synths and cool guitars that describe the feeling of confusion after a breakup, was hypnotizing. As Paul danced across the stage, engaging with fans and interacting with the millennial crowd (mostly teen girls and shameless fanboys), the crowd sang every lyric back.
The band’s fast-rising success is nothing to brush over. Their penchant for sensitive R&B meets mainstream pop told through “sad boy” romance ballads is highly due to the massive charisma of the band (and poster child Paul Klein, if we have to be honest). Their two-tier stage setup and visuals is a big upgrade for the band: Paul was fixed upfront on one tier with his piano and guitar, as the second elevated tier was kept for multi-instrumentalist Les Priest, drummer Jake Goss, and touring musician Giuliano Pizzulo. (…)
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