LANY Is About to Become a Household Name

LANY Is About to Become a Household Name

LANY Is About to Become a Household Name

The dreamy indie-pop band is about to step it up a notch, and they talk to V about their new single, honesty in the music industry, and the boys' impeccable style.

The dreamy indie-pop band is about to step it up a notch, and they talk to V about their new single, honesty in the music industry, and the boys' impeccable style.

Text: Raf Tillis

In this day and age, what more could we ask for than simple good music? Luckily, the universe has gifted us LANY. The emerging indie-pop band, comprised of lead vocalist Paul Klein, Jake Goss, and Charles "Les" Priest, have been shifting the norms of what a group can sound like since forming in 2014 with their truly mesmerizing lyrics & dreamy sonics, displayed in full force on their self-titled debut album in 2017 and three EP’s: I Loved You, Make Out, and Kinda, setting them up with the tools and potential to be renowned for decades.

LANY, an acronym for “Los Angeles New York”, are ones to watch, and we have our eyes (and ears) set. The band is getting ready to unveil “Thru These Tears”, the first single from their upcoming sophomore album, tomorrow, July 17. In anticipation of the track, we caught up with the three musicians last month at Governors Ball for a chat about performing live, fashion moments, and their exciting new music.

How would you guys describe each other?

Paul: Les is super smart, and pretty quiet. Jake is really funny and really, really good in the studio.

Les: I’d say Paul is driven…

Jake: …and passionate. 

Les: Yeah, Paul is driven and passionate. Jake is just a loving dude.

Jake: Les is our wise grandfather, just a hot grandpa…

Why do you guys love performing so much? There is always so much energy when LANY hits the stage. 

Jake: For me, it's from what I grew up listening to. I used to watch videos of the Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam and I thought, "Those guys are having the time of their lives and giving it everything, their heart and soul," and I just wanted to do that forever. It started there.

Paul: I grew up studying Chris Martin, and just Coldplay in general. I would watch how he moved on stage and… I don’t know, I just love playing live because you see how all of your hard work has materialized in real life and you walk out and there’s people that know every word to every song and you think ‘wow, they really like this song and they really like the music’ and it becomes so much bigger than yourself at that point. 

Jake: It’s crazy that they pay to see us, so we have to go out there and give them an amazing show.

Paul: I just want every person that comes to see our shows to think "That was so worth it and I needed that."

That’s how I witnessed the audience feel at your show in New York at Irving Plaza. Is there a particular song that you guys love to perform, and why?

Paul: "The Breakup" always feels so good live. There seems to be a lot of angst. Everyone sings that really passionately.

Les: I would agree. I used to say "4Ever" but I really like "The Breakup" and "Hurts".

Jake: Our last show, out last headlining show, our song "Overtime". It felt really, really nice.

Paul: Yeah, we played Oklahoma City, where I’m from. They gave us a lot to work with.

What song do you think people connect with the most?

Paul: Probably "Super Far" and "ILYSB".

Everybody loves a good love song, and LANY gave us a memorable love album. Why sing about love?

Paul: That’s what we do, man. I think there’s no sense of hiding from it or trying to justify it. We’re so good at recognizing our lane and what we do and what we bring to the world, and that’s love songs. Whether it's about love or about not having love, that’s where we exist. If people want a love song, they listen to us. 

Les: Most songs are about love. Either having love or a lack of love, in some way or another. 

What was the writing process for a song like "Hericane"? 

Paul: It actually started with the drum groove.

Jake: Yeah, I remember I made that on the GarageBand app on my phone, maybe a year before we started LANY. I had it floating around, waiting for the moment. And then Paul just laid down some tasty, passionate lyrics. 

Paul: I think the first verse of that song was the first thing that came out of my mouth. “I don’t know where this tornado hit”, [that line] just kind of came out of my soul. I don’t really know where it came from. It’s one of those songs that wrote itself. I don’t really ever remember struggling over that song. 

How do you guys tend to write your music? 

Paul: It’s all autobiographical. These guys let me run with the lyrics a little bit. We place a high value and priority on honesty. I feel like in 2018, we're being fed a lot of crap and there’s not a ton of substance, and a part of me is thankful for that because it makes our job a little easier [laughs]. When we drop a song, it's just undeniable that it's straight from the heart and depth of the soul. That’s where we live and that where we exist. Some people like it and some people hate it. 

Who are some of your musical influences?

Paul: We don’t sound like any of our heroes. John Mayer is my hero. I do love Frank Ocean, I think Drake is probably one of the greatest communicators alive right now. As far as being able to translate and articulate a sentiment, he’s at the top. 

Jake: I love Pearl Jam, Chili Peppers, Radiohead. That’s what I started on.

Les: There's a lot of '80s pop in my catalog, and just a lot of old music. 

Tell me about your style, your fashion, and what influences it.

Jake: I like a splash of high fashion with a splash of Walmart. Kind of Shia LaBeouf-central.

Paul: That’s actually perfect.

That’s such a great reference.

Paul: We have a few designers that we love and then we just buy a few things from the thrift store. I’m wearing Gosha and these pants are from a thrift store. It’s about being able to mix the two and figuring it out.

Jake: I’m wearing Palm Angels, Walmart, and Dries Van Noten.

Paul: Dries is really good. I’ve been looking at a lot of Dries Van Noten stuff; I think they’re amazing. I think Palm Angels is really nice, if you’re looking for an elevated sportswear look. But it’s kind of about knowing what everyone is doing, and pick a little piece from each one. I like this skate brand called Paradise. I love Pizzaslime. We love Dickies, and Adidas. They're really good to us.

What can we expect with the new album that is on the way? 

Paul: I think it’s the best you’ve ever heard from us. I think it’ll be really special, man. I think the world is starving for some honesty in some music, and some actual substance. I’m excited to give something to really dive into. It was a real labor of love but we got it there and I’m really proud of it. 

Will there be a “holy shit” moment on this album that people are not going to expect?

Jake: Hopefully every song [laughs].

When you guys are not performing and making music, what are you doing?

Paul: Sitting in the sun. I love to sit outside by the pool and shop.

Jake: Hang with my wife and take her on dates. 

Les: Shopping for clothes. 

What don’t people know about LANY, or what are they going to find out later this year, with the new music?

Paul: I think they’re going to be really shocked and surprised. Humbly, I think we're really working our way into becoming a household name, and respected in a lot of fields. I love that in most of our fan's minds, we're just little LANY from Los Angeles, California, because I always want to be the underdog, but I do think that were about to go to another level that they weren’t expecting. 

Jake: I feel like they’re going to be surprised and excited with the first song we're going to drop, "Thru These Tears". 

Photo: Thomas Wood

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