LANY with Dagny at the Vogue Theatre, 11/09/17
LANY mania. It’s a real thing.
The rain didn’t deter fans who lined up outside the Vogue Theatre for LANY’s sold-out performance on Thursday evening (Nov. 9). Huddled under umbrellas in a line that wrapped around a block and a half, the excitement was palpable.
The indie-pop trio who got together in 2014 have a loyal following of predominately younger female fans. Every word front man and lead vocalist Paul Klein uttered was met with excited shrieks, and hits like “ILYSB” and “The Breakup” were almost drowned out by the crowd singing along.
Before LANY hit the stage, Norwegian pop singer and opener Dagny amped up the crowd with a 30-minute set including her most-recent single “Love You Like That” and her hit “Wearing Nothing” that has over 1.4 million views on YouTube.
Clad in a royal blue jumpsuit to match her bandmates, Dagny delivered a strong vocal performance and rocked out on stage. She charmed the audience enough for a fan to toss her a long-stemmed rose on stage – a gesture typically reserved for LANY.
“It’s the LANY flower!” said an excited fan who spotted the red rose on Jake Goss’s drum kit as it got moved onstage.
The crowd went bananas when effortlessly-cool LANY hit the stage at 9 p.m. and launched into electro-heavy “Dumb Stuff.” Front man Paul Klein was on a lower stage level with a piano and two mics, and drummer Jake Goss and guitarist and keyboardist Les Priest were stationed on the back level in front of three panels with changing backgrounds, including live crowd footage.
And it stayed that way throughout the performance.
Klein introduced Goss and Priest, but the bandmate banter ended there. Instead, Klein engaged the crowd by holding fans’ outstretched hands and front-row fans were gifted with a piece of Klein as he crowd surfed during “Made in Hollywood.”
Musically, LANY was on point. Beat and keys-heavy “Flowers on The Floor” highlighted Goss’s and Priest’s skills, and Klein showed off his piano and vocal chops during a solo of “Pancakes,” “Current Location” and a cover of Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times.”
The trio met in Nashville a few years ago and pooled their skills to create LANY, which has been likened to bands like The 1975. Klein and Goss are classically trained musicians, and Les does the sound engineering. They will complete 135 shows by the end of The LANY Tour in December.
“Some nights it gets a little hard to get excited,” Klein shared about touring. “But Vancouver, you brought the energy. It meant a lot.”
Klein’s dancing met the energy level of an aerobics instructor and got everyone moving, especially during upbeat numbers like “Hurts.” Even the crowd in the venue’s upper seated section danced during the second half of the show.
“We don’t sit down at LANY shows!”
LANY delivered what the crowd wanted – an energetic performance of their synth tunes that showed some emotional vocals from Klein and great musical solos from Goss and Priest. The guys came together for a final bow after their encore performance of “ILYSB” that left the crowd wanting more LANY.
“We’ll remember this one forever. Thank you, Vancouver.”
Check out Vancouver Weekly’s interview with LANY here.