LANY – Bristol O2 Academy – 05/12/17
After releasing their debut album earlier this year, Californian trio LANY made their way back over on to English soil. With queues around the Bristol O2, you’d think the band had been around a lot longer than they have. Their fans reflected those of obsessive boy bands, dressed in as much merch as possible and waiting eagerly for the moment the band grace the stage.
Lead vocalist, Paul Klein, ran on stage to an audience of screams, followed by his band mates and a light show that any lighting director could be proud of. Setting the mood with the lights and kicking off quickly with a mix of songs from all their EP’s and their album, the crowd are in sync with the music for the whole set. Paul Klein dances around stage like there’s no tomorrow and the crowd follow suit, dancing around at every opportunity and singing along the every word with smiles across faces all round. Their songs relate with the audience, with the majority being teenagers, the feels of bottled up emotions and heart ache swirl through the venue like this moment is so special to everyone in the presence of the wonders of LANY.
Slowing down their upbeat tracks to play ‘It Was Love’, turning the dancing around into a slight sway throughout and filling a few audience members eyes with tears. A band that can bring their lyrics into a big venue like the O2 and turn it into such an intimate affair are destined for great things, there isn’t a doubt that LANY will be packing out this venue and bigger in the future.
An encore consisting of Super Far, Parents and crowd favourite I Love You So Bad, the audience just can’t get enough. Dancing around to the last few moments of a beautiful set, with ‘I Love You So Bad’ reflecting off the screens behind the band, nobody wants the night to end. The combination of the adoring fans, delightful lights and the most energetic band led to a magical night at the O2. Even though the venue wasn’t full, it felt like they could’ve sold it out ten times over. LANY are on the way up from here.
Review & Photos – Ami Ford