Review: LANY at The Vogue Theatre
Fans of California indie pop trio LANY have seen the group’s impressive rise happen in a relatively short time. That isn’t to say the band hasn’t worked their asses off, though.
“We’ve been on tour literally every day this year,” singer Paul Klein told his sold out Vogue Theatre crowd on Thursday night. “Some nights it’s hard to be excited, but tonight you really brought the energy.”
Just a few short years ago, LANY was opening for other artists at tiny venues like The Media Club, but thanks to a mix of Internet buzz, great live shows, and catchy little indie pop tunes, the band’s audience has grown immensely.
The vibe at tonight’s Vogue show was feverish. As I walked by the venue at 1pm, fans had already began lining up trying to secure their places in the front row. And certainly, these kids had no qualms throwing down $50 for a minimalist band sweater that they could have easily picked up at Bang On for a fraction of the price. Clearly, LANY has found their fans.
Drummer Jake Goss and Les Priest on “everything else” (according to Klein, but mostly keys and guitar) round out the trio, but Klein is the one who makes the kids swoon, as he swings his trademark stringy long hair around while he struts the stage, and performs bizarre dance movements and leg lifts while playing the piano. The man is a natural performer and that makes for a fun set.
Mostly, the band just sounds really damn good live and put on a hell of a show. Now that they have more of a discography to their credit (their 16-track self-titled LP came out this summer), their set is packed with a great variety of old and new tunes. Much of the setlist was pulled from LANY, though a few older cuts fit nicely into the set, like “Yea, Babe, No Way” and “Made in Hollywood”, getting some of the biggest pops of the night.
Sure, LANY have a lot of their own material under their belt. That didn’t stop them from playing a few non album tracks, though. Near the end of the set, Klein appeared solo on piano, giving his bandmates a break while he performed a medley of random LANY tracks, throwing in a cover of Harry Styles’ “Sign Of The Times” in the middle, and finishing up with an older favourite, “Current Location”.
Backed by a bit of Internet-age video art behind them, the show was really not about bells and whistles, more about the connection between a band and their loving crowd. LANY has the power to get their fans to do whatever they want, it seems. During “13”, Klein said “You might as well dance with somebody”, leading to a crowd of waltzing pairs. The evening ended with a big, lovey blast in the form of signature tune “ILYSB”, inspiring a massive singalong.
“We’re giving you everything tonight Canada,” Klein said. “And you better give it back.” And boy, did they ever.