LANY were about 3,000 miles from home when they rocked the Sinclair in Cambridge during a stop on their Make-Out Tour. That distance from home however, didn’t stop them from delivering an incredible show based heavily on fan connection. Formed in 2014 as an incognito Soundcloud account, the alternative dream pop band from Los Angeles consists of Les Priest on keys, Jake Goss on drums, and Paul Jason Klein on vocals.
By their first song, the room was pulsing with infectious melodies, nostalgic synths, and Paul’s low, clean, dynamic harmonics. Two components seem to distinguish the band from other young indie bands— their attention to fresh, minimal stage lighting, and the highly requited love of the band from their smitten fans. The fans stood still more often than danced, mesmerized by the experience, often placing their arms around each other. The relationship between the band—especially Paul—and the audience transcended the norm; it was one based on clear mutual need.
A NEXT model by day and vocalist by night, Paul’s persona seems to be gentle giant meets humble, naive boy next door. Paul remained squatting at the edge of the stage for most songs with a huge smile, reaching repeatedly into the crowd to hold any available hand, as he sang their hits like “ILYSB” and “Where the Hell Are My Friends.” As a young band inspired by the digital generation, LANY’s presence was authentic, captivating, and totally humble.
Photos by Carter Howe
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