After playing Koko in March, US indie three-piece LANY made their dramatic return to the UK to play a sold out show at the Shepherds Bush Empire.
It was cold winter morning when fans began camping and queuing outside the venue. Readily clad in blankets and tin foil to battle the cold, along with arms full of roses to throw on stage, there was no limit to their devotion. Inside the venue, the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation as the crowd prepared for the audio and visual spectacle that was about to hit the stage.
Members Jake Goss, Les Priest and frontman Paul Klein practically ran on stage, almost matching the excitement of the audience. Opening with song Dumb Stuff, the introduction to the new album, followed by old song 4EVER!, it was a setlist guaranteed to please fans both old and new. This included an acoustic mash up of their own songs, like Current Location from EP Kinda, along with their new cover of Sign of The Times by Harry Styles. Emotions were particularly high after Klein played song Tampa, then old single Where The Hell Are My Friends, followed by new single The Breakup. All three pairing despairing lyrics with upbeat dance tones – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and there was no one without a smile on their face.
Vibrancy ran through the venue. Klein, Goss and Priest smiling as they look out onto their adoring fans whose thousands of voices echoed across the walls. Their euphoria paired beautifully with illuminating displays from the three screens across the back of the stage. A light show that rivalled the likes of The 1975 and The xx, bands known for their visual spectacles, full of deep colours and vivid patterns. Everything about it was dramatic and intense, highlighting the passion the band have for their fans and the devotion with which the fans reciprocate.
This was nothing if not a powerful and emotional performance for everyone. Special mention to Klein’s girlfriend Dua Lipa who made an appearance in the crowd. When fans spotted her dancing away, they made sure to voice their love for her, and Klein seemed inclined to let his gaze travel to her when singing love songs Pink Skies and ILYSB.
For a band whose debut album focuses on the effect of heartbreak, this was a show full of love. Finishing with iconic song ILYSB, lead single for both their EP Kinda and their self-titled new album, there were hearts pouring out all over the room. It seems that if there ever was a place made for falling in love, with yourself, with someone else or with music itself – it is a LANY show.
Review by Tabetha Parrick / Photos by Tabetha Parrick & Martin Allen