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Los Angeles indie pop trio LANY have only been making music together for a short period of time, but they’re already generating a massive buzz on the pop circuit having landed opening slots on tours with Troye Sivan, Ellie Goulding, and Halsey to name a few. In between opening for some of the biggest names in modern pop, LANY found time to fit in some headline dates. One of those shows was Tuesday night at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA.
With the show sold out over a month in advance, fans began lining up as early as 11am in hopes of securing a front row spot for the show. After a charming, albeit brief opening set by solo singer/guitarist Odessa, LANY was ready to hit the stage. They kicked their set off by playing their brand new single “Where the Hell Are My Friends?” as the crowd crushed together swooning over lead singer/heartthrob Paul Jason Klein.
Klein’s sex appeal is a big part of the band’s image, performing songs about love and desire. Aesthetically the band presents themselves in a similar way to the likes of mainstays The 1975 and The Neigbourhood – two bands also similar to LANY in sound. During the song “4EVER!” fans in the first few rows held up homemade signs that said “I Love You” in a text speech bubble, a testament to the devotion of the band’s growing fan base.
Acronyms and text lingo are big theme for the band as well, perhaps their most well known song is “Ilysb” short for “I love you so bad." . LANY is a band that knows their audience, the LED screen behind them, the acronyms, and texting lingo, and even their indie pop beats are things that make them a band that is locked in to 2016 modern pop culture.
Next up for LANY is a summer tour supporting Oh Wonder, and some select festival dates as well. The band is building a strong following through a relentless tour schedule and creating an aesthetically pleasing image that keeps them fresh in fans’ minds. With a full length album on the horizon, LANY is definitely a band you’ll want to get in on the ground floor with before they jump to larger venues making tickets near impossible to come by.