LANY // Leeds Beckett University // 11.3.19
It’s not every Monday night you feel like you’ve been transported to a sunset evening in Malibu, LA, but the sound and cinematic artistry of Los Angeles trio LANY certainly brought a slice of the Golden State to Leeds. Currently conquering the world on a 90-date world tour, LANY stopped by in Leeds for the night, delivering their own sound of dreamy American indie-pop, which managed to warm up the rainiest of English evenings.
Support for the night came from lovelytheband, who encouraged the crowd to “pretend it was Friday”. Their somewhat cringey take on indie-pop certainly got the crowd going, and after a very wise move of playing a cover of ‘Mr Brightside’, it started to feel a bit more like Thursday.
It was not long until LANY took the stage, and frontman Paul Klein took all of his energy and emotion and packed it into a powerful performance that saw him leap about the stage, jump on the piano, and fight back tears that were brought on by the songs that meant the most to him.
Their most recent album Malibu Nights was written about Klein’s ex-love Dua Lipa, who is clearly still on the forefront of his mind. Hits such as ‘Taking Me Back’, ‘Thru These Tears’ and ‘If You See Her’ encapsulated everything Klein was feeling; his close relationship to his fans and the crowd meant every word was felt on a personal level. The crowd reacted to Klein’s pain with applause and cheers of encouragement, as the emotion in the room only caused each song to sound better and better.
Alongside songs from their current album, the band also played a selection of tracks from their earlier EP’s, including fan favourites ‘Super Far’ and ‘Pink Skies’, both of which resonate LANY’s trademark west-coast indie sound, blending funky synth’s with smooth guitar riffs and electro beats. The band chose to end on ‘ILYSB’, a gold-certified single that has to be the most popular track of theirs. The chorus rang out around the 1,000 strong crowd, with every word echoing back from the audience in a truly special five minutes.
The finale was met with rapturous applause and an air of sadness remained as an incredible night had come to a close, and fans were reverted back to the dreary English weather and the realisation that it was still only Monday— even if LANY really had made it feel like a Friday night.