The last time GoldenPlec spoke up with LANY, they were about to play three nights at Irving Plaza in New York City. This was ahead of their first ever journey to play Dublin, in the Grand Social. Now, the three-piece are back and are playing a sold out show at The Academy.
Looking back at the year, LANY have reached dizzying new heights. Frontman Paul Klein explains how he feels like "everything we do is just one step forward. With that album, it allowed us to go on tour and play a lot of shows and that’s how we built this thing from the ground up, just one show at a time."
Speaking of taking things a step up, this year saw the band play arenas for the first time. They also just finished touring in the U.S. "It was kind of in b-market, c-market cities," says Klein, "and so you’re not really sure what to expect but I had a great time. They’re not major cities but they felt major cities to us."
Now, with the release of sophomore album 'Malibu Nights' on the horizon, the band have made sure that this album is going to show a new side to the group. Speaking of the recording process Klein says, "it was completely different, it’s important we don’t make the same album twice. We’ve been working with this guy Mike Crossey..." A native of Belfast, Crossey has an impressive catalogue of his own, having produced Arctic Monkey's first single, as well as their debut and second albums, among many others.
Having been touring consistently since their inception, it would be easy to think that LANY love being on the road, and are constantly writing on the road, neither of which are necessarily true. Les Priest admits that he finds the constant touring tough, while Klein loves it, Jake Goss lies somewhere in the middle. The band also don't write on tour at all, with their song Tampa being the only exception.
Therefore, to already be coming out with their second album is an impressive achievement considering the time spent on the road. Dismissing any occurrence of the curse of the second album, Klein explains that it wasn’t the plan to write another album so quickly, "but we had a lot to say and a lot to write about and that’s what we did and it just fell into our laps. It’s all natural nothing is forced nothing is contrived."
"We're not nervous," Goss adds, "we love releasing music."
When speaking about the decision making process as to which songs off an album come out first, the band get candid. "We’re signed to a label," Klein says, "and it’s kind of like you have a board of investors, and you go: 'here’s the product, this is our company,' and you have the people who invest in it and you have to listen to their opinions. So it’s a collective decision. I think the first song that we were going to put out changed four times which I think it’s a good sign."
The group also explain that they don't play any new music live before releasing it because they want the fan's first listen to be an actual recording, not a YouTube quality audio version.
LANY's attention and care for their live show is clear, and there's no signs of that changing. "We literally want to play for the world," Klein explains, "so it doesn’t matter if only one person is listening to us in Chile, we’re probably gonna play a show there... Because a next time we come there’ll be a thousand.... We try to make sure it’s as perfect as possible. We think when people have that experience at a show they’re down to come back every time and hopefully they bring a friend or two friends."
Each time they return, LANY are noticing that their fanbase is evolving. Having first captured the attentions of a young and female core base, they have noticed a widening of their demographic. As Klein points out, "it was actually at Irving Plaza when I saw this middle aged black guy standing in the middle of the room singing 'Hericane' and I was just like… This is crazy, this is reaching everybody. I think that’s what happens when you put out an album as opposed to a song."
In the last year, LANY have played more festivals. From the likes of Bonnarroo in the States to Rock Werchter in Belgium. They talk about the crazy personal moments of playing certain festivals, like Coachella. "We played that show about a thousand times in our head so it was amazing to finally do it," Klein says.
Another perk of festivals is that they give the band a chance to interact with other artists and have some special moments, such as Nile Rogers telling them he loves their song Super Far at Bonnarroo. This also gives the band a chance to meet some artists they love, as Klein reminisces on his time meeting Chance The Rapper. "We were at Bonnaroo and Chance was there but he wasn’t performing, it’s like the one festival he goes to every year just as a patron or just as a fan and I went up to him and I think I blacked out, I can’t remember anything that I said. He’s amazing."
Speaking of other special moments they have had, John Mayer is brought up. "We played seven arenas with him and we got a text saying 'John wants to come say hi, he’ll be in the greenroom in five minutes' and I think those are the longest of my life..." Klein laughs, with Goss adding, "I think I changed clothes!"
As well as consistent touring, the group also explain the important role that the internet plays in reaching new people. "It’s the only reason we’re here," Goss says, "the reason we can play arenas in the Philippines. It’s the best thing and can be the worst thing, just like anything."
Klein adds that it allows them to connect with their fans. "I think it’s important for the fans to know they’re being heard. But at the same time we have to live our lives, we’re not bloggers, we’re musicians, there’s things we need to do. Doing it with a balance is the key."
And it certainly seems that they have found the key. With a triumphant debut album cycle under their belts, the future looks incredibly exciting for LANY.
‘Malibu Nights’ will be released on October 5th.