LANY at Showbox at the Market 11/07
Since conception, LANY has had the biggest spot in my heart. The Trio is composed of front man Paul Klein who oozes coolness. He’s charming with a surfer boy vibe and his warm vocals are easy to melt in. Then you have Les Priest, who has been making and producing music for a decade. Add a fantastic drummer, like Jake Goss, who has been playing and performing for most of his life and you reach the highest possibility of super stardom.
I arrived in time to catch a bit of the opener, DAGNY, on the stage with their name as their backdrop. The trio was dressed in what looked like aviation suits. They were energetic and exciting to watch. You don’t tend to see too many openers get an entire crowd going but the group had the entire Showbox jumping around. Their electro-pop tunes are fun and easy to sing along to. Standout tracks were “Love You Like That” and “Wearing Nothing”. I can already see DAGNY becoming festival staples for the 2018 season and I look forward to watching them perform again soon.
As I waited for LANY to begin, I stared at incredibly packed crowd. The floor was filled from wall to wall and it was heartwarming to see them perform for such a huge crowd. In the past year and a half before their Second headlining tour, LANY made their rounds at a number of large scale festivals. It’s cool to watch the trios fan base grow more and more with each set. When the group came out there was not a single person who wasn’t shouting at the top of their lungs.
If you’ve listened to LANYs first full-length album, you’ll notice that the boys slowed it down to lovesick ballads on this one. This tour highlights this theme, framing the tunes with hits off their EP’s more fit for dancing. It was a perfect blend, a hot and cold, sort of like what you hear in Paul’s lyrics. However, LANY classics remain my favorite to see performed.
Paul claims the red tinted stage- going from his Mic to the keys and jumping on and off speaks. His energy matches that of the fans as they go wild to each song being played. The standout track of the night was “Made in Hollywood” with Paul’s voice being drowned out by the singing crowd who also began tossing flowers onto the stage. The futuristic tune carried by its beat had the entire crowd screaming each word louder than the last- “Young love! West coast! Who cares who knows!”. Closing the show was the song that catapulted them into popularity, “ILYSB”. Another incredible show on the last leg of this tour with a clapping crowd as the beat and Paul’s voice seeing us off until their next visit. If you get a chance, their live show is something to see.