LANY is just getting started
LANY at Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, TX
LANY is just getting started. The indie-pop trio from Los Angeles consists of Paul Jason Klein (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Leslie “Les” Priest (guitar, keyboards, vocals), and Jake Goss (drums).The group of three friends formed LANY in 2014. Although it wasn’t too long ago, the group has grown a massive fan following world-wide. The name LANY (pronounced “Lay-Nee”) comes from combining Los Angeles and New York’s acronyms into one word. The group is signed to Interscope Records and Polydor Records and have supported acts such as John Mayer, Hasley, Troye Sivan, and X Ambassadors.
The band released their latest album, Malibu Nights (October 2018), and is currently embarking on a world tour which totals up to over 100 shows set for 2019 so far and spans over North America, Australia, and Asia. In the nine-track album endeavor, Klein takes us through losing the love of his life and explores the stages of grievance. Approaching the end of their North American leg (and selling out nearly every show), the band stopped by the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, Texas to give their Texan fans a night filled with dancing.
Having seen the band before (possibly six other times), I knew what I could expect. It has been incredible following the band along as their shows keep getting larger. The first time I saw the trio (and the last time they performed in San Antonio), it was in a 400-cap club a few years ago.
Upon parking nearby the venue, I could see the line wrapped blocks from the venue and it was over half a mile long. This could be expected as the LANY fan-base is unbelievably dedicated. Even at my first LANY show, people had been camping all day in the hot San Antonio heat. Many will queue outside the venue for over 24 hours to ensure that they’re experiencing the concert by the barricade. Often associated with red roses, fans will often bring bouquets of roses to be thrown on stage or incorporate the rose in their outfits.
The crowd was eager for the band. Several chants of “PJK” (Paul Jason Klein) and “LANY” occurred while the audience was waiting. The band finally took the stage with Jake first followed by Les Priest and then Paul. The crowd went wild.
The band kicked off the night with “Thick and Thin,” easily a favorite from the new album. The crowd suddenly came alive as if the song was electric. The stage set-up had massive digital screens that added beautiful visuals to songs such as roses and a night’s sky full of stars. There were two tiers to the screen set up. Paul being on the bottom platform/stage while the rest of the group was on the 2nd elevated tear. Klein danced his way throughout the whole show, growing in energy as time progressed. Despite the high-energy, there were times where Klein slowed it down by his clear piano such as during “Malibu Nights” and “Hericane.” Emotion and heartbreak could be felt and seen in this moment.
Sprinkled throughout the show, LANY was sure to sprinkle in throwbacks from their early EPs such as “4EVER!”, “yea, babe, no way,”, and “pink skies.” Klein danced (and jumped off several high platforms)- providing energy to their catchy and mesmerizing songs. The crowd’s energy reciprocated and they could be heard singing along every word. Klein praised the crowd’s singing multiple times saying “you guys sound so good” and looking in disbelief at times.
“San Antonio! I love you guys! It’s been a while since I’ve visited San Antonio. The last time I was here, it was my birthday and someone got me a cake,” Klein chuckled. We soon realized that the person who gifted him the cake was actually in the crowd this show as well.
My favorite song performed was “If You See Her” as my friends and I shouted every word and jumped non-stop with our heavy camera gear in-hand. I was hopeful that “WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS” would make it on the set list but unfortunately not this time. Standouts from the show included “Made in Hollywood”, “Pink Skies”, and “The Breakup.” The crowd could be seen glowing and smiling while shouting along the lyrics. The band concluded the night with their hits “ILYSB” and took the center stage for a group bow. “We love you San Antonio. We’ll be back for the rest of our lives, we promise” Klein said as he blew the crowd a kiss.
The band puts a new twist on indie-synth pop and heartache. Catch LANY the next time they’re in town to experience an incredible performance, fun crowd, and a new way take on heartbreak.
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