LANY – College Street Music Hall – 6.5.18

New Haven, CT – 6.5.18
Words and Photos by Jordyn Beschel

Continuing on with their current US headlining tour and hot off their wild appearance at NYC’s Governors Ball Music Festival this past Saturday, LANY is taking over the music scene one heart at a time. They’ve taken along tourmates Colouring for these shows, and the British quartet and Los Angeles trio blended so effortlessly. It only made sense to see LANY fans scattered throughout the city on the walk over and filling the venue quickly come show time. We, too, fell under the band’s spell this past Tuesday when they spread their magic to College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT.

First of all, their production alone gave us heart-eyes. LANY brings a new meaning to “less is more,” as they merely had their instruments, three bright light panels, and a lot of fog. Glowing pink and red from their ever-changing luminescent backdrop, they are certainly some of the most aesthetically mesmerizing artists to watch live–and also some of the most sound performers as well. Vocalist Paul Klein’s singing was clean and smooth as butter, and his charming and charismatic stage presence had the whole crowd swooning–us included. Klein got up close and personal with the fans on multiple occasions as well, either by standing on the edge of the stage during almost every song, or when he climbed over the barricade head first into the thick sea of fans. 

As far as their setlist goes, it really just couldn’t get any better. When they opened up with the bubbly electronics in “Dumb Stuff”, the entire venue lit up–both literally and figuratively. Fans were body-to-body against the barricade, screaming the lyrics out loud and dancing nonstop throughout the entire night. They played a lengthy list of songs from their various releases, including their most popular tracks like “Good Girls”, “Super Far” and closing encore track “ILYSB”–oh, and did we mention a beautiful cover of Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times”? Their lyrically somber yet highly danceable music has always given off a fun-90’s-boyband vibe, yet Klein on stage is nothing short of a rockstar. Finally getting to see the band live was undeniably a whole new experience.

LANY still has a ways to go on their tour, like making an appearance at Bonnaroo and heading over to the UK and Europe toward the end of the month. They’ve called these remaining dates “The End of the Rose”, signifying both the end of their current tour and the transition into their next album era. We’ll be sad to see the LANY era end, but we are so excited for new music.