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Let me preface: I’m still on a concert high.
Saturday night, hundreds of fans waited outside Indianapolis’s Old National Centre in the cold wind for hours. One girl was handing signs for everyone to hold up during one of the band’s songs. People brought dozens of flowers to throw up on stage. All of this for this one band.
LANY, an alternative three-piece band from Los Angeles, is in the middle of their North American tour. The trio is made up of Les Priest, Jake Goss, and lead singer Paul Klein. The band has gained popularity pretty fast without even releasing a full-length album yet. They’ve toured with Troye Sivan, X Ambassadors, and Halsey, getting their name out there. With four EP’s under their belt, the band is scheduled to release their self-titled album in late June this summer. To gear up for the album release, they’ve embarked on The LANY tour and have found themselves in good ol’ Indiana.
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After five hours and multiple bathroom breaks, we were finally let inside. Myself and my friend Gabi rushed inside and after getting a little too close and personal with some people, we found ourselves in the second row. The opening act was indie group, Machineheart whose lead vocalist, Stevie Scott, blew me away. Her voice seemed almost unreal at times and I’m partially convinced she’s an angel walking among mortals.
Following Machineheart’s electrifying set, the anticipation for LANY was tangible. I’m not going to lie, I was sweating excessively out of excitement. Finally, all the lights went down and three silhouettes appeared on stage. And all at once, a keyboard and Klein’s voice broke through the screams. Soon, the whole crowd was singing and dancing along.
Klein’s falsettos and riffs made hearts melt. I swear, he even winked at me one time and I was shook to the core. Every single song was an emotional experience. I laughed. I danced. I cried (multiple times). One of my favorite moments of the night was when the band played their newest single, “The Breakup.” The song had not even been out for one day, but the crowd knew every single word. All of their songs somehow make me feel like I’m in California under a sunset. Maybe it’s the LA coming out in them.
After the show, myself and about 30 other people waited outside the tour bus wrapped up in blankets in hopes that we would meet any one of the three performers. Two hours later, our hopes came true and Paul came out to meet us. Surprisingly, no one tried to push to the front of the line or shove other fans to get closer to him, which is usually the case with meet-and-greets. Eventually, I got my picture with him and said a nervous “thank you” and left the venue a changed man.
There is something so so special about this band. Yes, their lyrics are amazing. The vocals and instrumentals are catchy and beyond compare. But, I think there is something more. There is this way their music brings people together and it feels like a rarity these days. Some fandoms can be rude and ruthless, even to other supporters. The animalistic attitude that some people have for something they love can be scary sometimes. The LANY fans I’ve interacted with are some of the most loving people I’ve ever met. Baker Smith, a longtime listener, and supporter of LANY says, “I wouldn’t even call them fans…It’s more like a family.” I couldn’t agree more.
I can’t wait to see what this year holds for these guys. I beg you, take a listen to their music and I hope to see you on their next tour because I’ll definitely be there!