The undisputed masters of the sad soft boy aesthetic, Los Angeles trio LANY have enjoyed enormous global success, as evidenced by their undertaking a 90 date world tour. Their show in Leeds Beckett was a masterclass in the genre of indie pop. Beautiful visuals changed between songs on a stage-wide flat screen behind them, emblematic of their focus as a band on colourful gradients and natural scenes of sunsets and starry skies (as also seen in their artwork and music videos). The lead singer Paul Klein was magnetic, utilising all of the stage space, dancing on tables and leaning over the barrier to interact with the frantic crowd. Roses were flung at him by fans in an almost fairy-tale fashion in reference to their first album cover, determining his role as the perfect dishy frontman (despite his casual costume of a baggy tracksuit and beanie). Predictably, the other band members almost disappeared behind Paul’s electric stage presence, with Jake Clifford Goss on drums and Les Priest on keyboard and backing vocals. As a whole however, considering that this gig was already a month into the band’s non-stop tour, the energy they brought to the stage and the atmosphere of the room was highly impressive. With their simple but emotionally relatable lyrics and catchy choruses, their songs were made to be screamed out by a crowd.
The setlist was a collection of their most popular tunes, commencing with the tune ‘Thick and Thin’ and ending with the certified gold ‘ILYSB’, both of which have amassed over 150 million streams on Spotify alone. The opening act, thelovelyband, presented as lacking but still trying to emulate the fundamentally cool quality that LANY possess. Nevertheless, they still held their own playing their best known hit ‘broken’ as well as a cover of ‘Mr. Brightside’ (a smart move as this never fails to hype up an audience).
Overall, LANY proved themselves a force to be reckoned with in live performance as they are in recordings, although this is mostly down to the charisma of Paul Klein. Regardless, their carving out a space in what is already an oversaturated genre is confirmation of their talent, which will hopefully be around for a long time to come.
Photography credit: Ali Muzaffar