I had the chance to sit down with LANY at the Shaky Knees Music Fest in Atlanta, fresh off of their headline tour and into a string of summer festival dates, and we discussed everything from their fast rise to what’s in store for their future.
LANY, an alt-pop band hailing from Los Angeles, California, has had an amazing two years. The three-piece band consisting of Paul Klein, Jake Goss, and Les Priest only came together in the Spring of 2014. Within that time, they have supported artists like Troye Sivan, Halsey, and Ellie Goulding on tour, sold out their first US headlining tour, and amassed well over 25 million plays on Spotify – all with only having released two EPs.
Shaky Knees and other festivals like it are a great way for emerging artists to pick up even more steam. This was evident at LANY’s set, where those who were uninitiated were joining into the dancing with the fans – especially during the popular “ILYSB” (which stands for I Love You So Bad – this band likes acronyms). LANY have only played a few festivals, including Lollapalooza last year, but they are booked for a number this summer and are especially excited to play Bonnaroo on June 9th. “We have been to Bonnaroo several times,” keyboarder and guitarist Les Priest told me, “but this is the first year we will be playing the festival. It’s going to be a great feeling.” LANY plays at 4:15 on June 9th on the This Tent stage.
When asked about their sold out headlining tour, LANY seemed genuinely excited and humbled. “We have been on tour with other great artists and supported them, but we finally got to play LANY shows,” said singer Paul Klein. “This is our first tour with any production so it’s been really fun to explore that.” A few cities even had to add second shows because the first sold out so quickly – and those also sold out.
As for the future, LANY gave me a mum “maybe” when I pressed them on the time-frame of releasing a full-length album. There might be a hint, though, with the recent release of the single and music video for the song “WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS”. The video, about Klein being “among people, but extremely disconnected” at a party, was filmed on an off-day in London by director Nadia Marquard Otzen. “We wanted it to feel analog, not digital,” said Klein. “We wanted it to feel like it was really real. Sometimes when I freeze you can still see my hair moving, or when a girl freezes you can see her necklace moving.”
Check out the music video below, and be sure to catch LANY this summer at one of the many festivals they are booked to play, including Firefly and Electric Forest, as well as on tour with Oh Wonder.