If there is one song that you have heard about LANY in the past, it was probably ILYSB. Of course, it is their most popular song, yes, but it is also one of the only ones that have surfaced, and I say that unfortunately. Their music has potential to become even bigger. LANY has a similar sounding theme in their music, but they execute it well.
Little words were spoken that night between lead singer, Paul Jason Klein, and the crowd, but there was a connection through the music, especially at such a small venue. Music Farm, located in downtown Charleston, can hold up to 800 people and has a bar inside, which emphasizes that not that many mainstream bands perform at the venue. However, concerts with smaller venues feel more intimate and unified, and that is exactly how it felt seeing LANY on May 19.
I arrived at Music Farm at around 6 PM that night and stood in line for about an hour before the doors opened. Security came asking for a three dollar fee for anyone who was under 21 years old and then proceeded to mark an L and a Y on their hands after payment. The line moved quickly after that and we were followed by shouts of no running and orders to stay in line until we get to the stage. As much as I wanted to run, this was very fair to those who had gotten there earlier and wanted to be front row.
The show started at 8 PM, and the pre-show butterflies began to surface as we waited for the opening act to come on. The opening act was Goody Grace, who is known for their song Two Shots with gnash. Not that many people knew his work, including me, and we just bopped to all of his songs. They had good stage presence, but we were all anxious for time to speed up momentarily so it could be 9 PM and LANY would come out. Goody Grace played a few songs and then finally came off, and this time as we waited, somebody started to play music to keep us a little more entertained - as entertained as you could be standing in a big crowd for a few hours.
Frank Ocean, Drake, and Chance the Rapper were played as we waited for Paul Jason Klein to run onstage. This is the part where concerts always seem like a lifetime. Minutes slowed into what seemed like hours. Suddenly, at 9:00, we all checked our phones and PJK jumped out with his keyboard to play "yea, babe, no way."
Fans who had made it to barricade had brought along a bouquet of roses, which is a tradition at almost every LANY show. If you also didn’t know, a rose sits in the center of the new album cover for their self-titled debut, which is premiering June 30. PJK threw the roses straight into the crowd after noticing and picking up the flowers, and it suddenly became a war zone. People were pushing and jumping to just touch the roses. I was lucky enough to obtain one.
The setlist went through quick enough, especially since the only songs were through EP’s and the album hasn’t been released yet, but nevertheless, it seemed to go by quickly. The stage presence was evidently there, and yet there probably could have been more, but PJK’s engagement with the crowd lifted everyone’s spirits.
I think that being at such a small venue made the concert more special and made it stand out from others, even others on that tour. Yeah, there weren’t as many people, but it still had that special connection the whole time, which made it an enjoyable concert. LANY has a lot to offer, and if you have time, go see them. Maybe even camp out prior to doors opening so that you can witness the magic up close. You won’t be disappointed. ✉
article by: kaitlin browne
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