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Interview:
LANY at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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The Dodgers and Yankees in the baseball playoffs aren’t the only L.A.-New York connection drawing attention these days.

LANY -- a trio of, you guessed it, Los Angeles and New York musicians -- has been playing to open ears since its first EP in 2014 and especially since the June release of the group’s self-titled debut EP. The set debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 as well as No. 4 on the Top Alternative albums chart, spawning singles such as “ILYSB,” “Good Girls” and “Super Far,” the latter collaboration with OneRepublic hitmaker Ryan Tedder.

All of that has taken LANY far since its beginnings in Los Angeles. But frontman Paul Klein says there’s also a long way to go in LANYland...

• Finally releasing a full album, Klein, 29, says was key to cementing LANY’s status with its audience. “I would say it’s coming together and things feel a bit more complete and a bit more concrete as well,” he explains by phone from Boston. “I feel like when you play for those 80 minutes each night it carries a different kind of weight. And seeing bigger crowds coming to our shows now, I think it’s coming together very nicely.”

• The “LANY” album also helped Klein and bandmates Les Priest and Jake Goss get a better sense of themselves as a band. “During the album making process we tried taking songs to a few outside producers and seeing what they would add,” Klein says. “I wouldn’t say it was a lost cause but for this album nothing really worked out too well on that end. LANY is very much the three of us. We have a very unique sound. I think that’s why it remains untouched by anybody else other than the three of us, for the most part, and also why nobody sounds like LANY outside of the three of us. So there is a really strong band identity and band sound. What we learned is that the only way it’s going to sound and feel like LANY is when the three of us are doing it.”

• LANY is planning a full touring schedule late into the summer of 2018, when it will come “off the grid,” according to Klein, and start work on a new album. And the trio will once again be open to outside collaborations this time. “We do have a wish list of people we’d (like to work with),” Klein acknowledges. “We’re shooting for the stars here, but we know Chance the Rapper’s manager is a big fan of ours, and we’re massive fans of Chance; Getting him on a track would be unbelievable. Or getting in the room with someone like Malay or Greg Kurstin, producers we would love to work with. We’d almost like the live with a producer for four months and see what we got. There’s a lot of songwriters who make pretty unbelievable pop songs, so if we could go in the room with them and write really smart lyrics and bring out own kind of LANY thing to it, it could be pretty massive.”



If You Go:

• LANY and Dangy

• Tuesday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St.,

• Tickets are $23.

• Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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