LANY Played a Dreamy Set to a Sold Out Showbox Sodo This Weekend

By: Mehlika Eski

June 24, 2019

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The Los Angeles-based indie-pop trio stopped in Seattle for two sold out, back-to-back shows on their Malibu Nights Tour.

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  I’ve been casually listening to LANY for years now, reveling in their aesthetic, moody vibes and making sure to make a “pink skies” reference with every pink sunset I’ve seen, but I hadn’t seen them play a show until this weekend. Was I impressed? Absolutely. Did I cry? You bet I did.

    From where I was standing, I could see the entire venue, and this place was packed. As soon as the lights went down, a giant screen in the back projected what looked like an old TV screen with static and a countdown in the upper corner. The crowd went wild, and it took them no time to start chanting “LANY!” As the band came out, they kicked off the show with “Thick And Thin,” the opening track of their 2018 album Malibu Nights, and someone from the crowd threw roses onto the stage.

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The stage was split into two levels, with drummer Jake Goss and keyboardist/guitarist Les Priest (along with touring member Giuliano Pizzulo) on the upper level and singer Paul Klein below. And Paul didn’t waste any of the space he was given – the whole show, he was running around, jumping, dancing, and even came down to the barricade a couple of times. He and the audience were feeding off of each other’s vibes, and it made for a very energetic and crowd-involved show. 

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    Though focusing mainly on songs from their new album, LANY played a good handful of older songs, including “Good Girls,” “4EVER!,” “The Breakup,” and my personal favorite, “pink skies,” during which the screen projected bright images of clouds and the stage was doused in pink lighting. Each song had its own scene; “Taking Me Back” had the lyrics running on the screen like karaoke, and the music video for “Super Far” showed as the band played the song.

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One of my favorite moments was during “Malibu Nights.” Paul sat at his keyboard and played the beginning of this soft and beautiful song solo, a single white spotlight shining on him from behind. The screen showed a dark blue night sky with an immeasurable number of twinkling stars on it. “What do you do with a broken heart?” he sang out, and I was moved to tears not only from how beautiful the scene in front of me was but from just how much emotion Paul put into this song. It was obvious that he really felt the words he was singing.

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There were a couple of moments where Paul would just stand in the middle of the stage with his hands folded behind his head, looking out over the crowd and taking everything in. “Tonight is so, so special, Seattle… We love it here so much,” he stated. He took the time to tell the story about how they found their front-of-house guy from when they first played in Seattle in 2015. “Seattle is super important to us,” he said, and it’s very obvious; it’s no wonder that they’re playing two sold-out shows here, and that love is potently reciprocated.

As an encore, they played “Thru These Tears” and “ILYSB,” which The End has featured on Discover And Download and the band took their final bow together as an image of the storybook Goodnight Moon was shown on the screen behind them. I walked out of that venue still in awe of it all; LANY has their dreamy, aesthetic vibe down to a T, and what I took away from this show was that these three guys really love what they’re doing. It’s hard to tell when we’ll be seeing them again, but based on how much Seattle means to them, it’s safe to assume that LANY will be back very soon.

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