Doc Roc Presents
THE LANY TOUR: PART 2
423 N Main St.
Tulsa, OK, 74103
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:15 PM
This event is all ages
“I’ve always fallen head first into any relationship,” begins LANY frontman Paul Klein,
discussing the emotions that fuel LANY’s passionate, hazy and enthralling debut album. “I only know two speeds: 0 and 100.”
The topic of accelerating from 0 to 100 might just as easily be applied to his band’s extraordinary rise. When Klein and bandmates Les Priest and Jake Goss put their first song online in 2014 they had no social followers, no fans and no photos; within weeks their play counts were leaping up exponentially, and their take on modern alternative-pop was building up a steady following.
Before moving to Los Angeles - Paul, Les and Jake originally met through (rather than at) Nashville’s Belmont University. They were there at different times but knew each other as familiar faces on the Nashville music circuit. “When we lived there it was still a relatively small town and you'd see the same faces the whole time,” Paul recalls. “I'd know who played guitar or who played drums — and I knew Jake, for instance, was THE drummer.”
By the time LANY formally released the first in a series of EPs the band had established their own lane on music’s crowded highway. Billboard praised the group’s “lush, luxuriant” alternative sound when ‘I Loved You’ dropped; by 2016, and the release of Where The Hell Are My Friends, The Line Of Best Fit were praising LANY’s music for its “swooning melange of gilded vocals, spidery riffs, and dusky synths”. “Apart from sounding amazing overall,” Nylon added, “the trio go the extra mile in everything they do, including curating their website and merchandise to fit their minimalist aesthetic.”
Much of the music that propelled them to multi-million-stream success was recorded out of aux sockets. “It was very do it yourself,” Klein smiles. “We were led by conviction and instinct — writing and recording simultaneously. We didn't demo anything. We had zero followers on Twitter, SoundCloud or Instagram. We just decided: let's make a band, stick the music online ourselves, and see what happens.”
Flashforward to the summer of 2017 and the band have now finished a debut album whose recording — vocals and instruments captured through smartphone apps, songs recorded as they were written then pulled together on antiquated old PC software — reflects the spontaneity and impulsiveness of the love stories bursting out of every song.
While it might feel counterintuitive for a band so rooted in modern music discovery to craft an album when headlines all around us scream about the album format being dead, LANY see this album as a statement. “I understand our fanbase and I know they're starving for a bigger body of work to get lost in,” Paul explains. “We're creating a world of LANY that people exist in, identify with and discover themselves through, and you can't do that exclusively in a four-track EP. The pendulum always settles. Right now it might have swung over to ‘let's release a song a month! Let's never release albums!’ But that pendulum will always find its way back to a centre where an album, for all eternity, will have some sort of value. Maybe even the most value. I mean I could be wrong. Who knows? We're all guessing aren't we?”
For a shot in the dark, LANY’s album is something of a triumph, underpinned by distinctive, wistful lyrics that continue to set LANY apart from their peers. “It wasn't a conscious decision to write such conversational lyrics, but I've definitely noticed most 2 people don't do it,” Klein adds. “I know we're different, because people tell me we're different, but we never tried to be.
The result is an album packed with truth, and light on ambiguity. “Some writers aren’t even sure what their lyrics mean until after they're written, and only then do they attach meaning,” Paul adds. “I know what I mean, and I'm going to say it. That's the only thing that makes sense to me.”
Brandishing a vibrant voice, quirky cleverness, and self-described eternal optimism, Dagny holds nothing back. As she began to work on new music in 2017, the Norwegian songstress and pop wildcard further embraced an unabashed and unfiltered perspective.
I’m constantly pushing myself to be more open, daring, and super true, she admits. I’m telling real stories. If I don’t believe it, then who will? The youthful optimism is there, because I constantly want to celebrate life.
Dagny quietly sent shockwaves throughout the music industry throughout 2016. Post a high-profile Beats 1 premiere by tastemaker Zane Lowe, her introductory single Backbeat transformed into a veritable smash, racking up a staggering 28.8 million Spotify streams as Apple, Spotify, and Tidal pegged her as an Artist To Watch and Interview Magazine, NME, Nylon, Forbes, and more lauded her. She teamed up with BØRNS for Fool’s Gold, which cracked 9.4 million streams and highlighted her Ultraviolet EP [Republic Records]. Beyond opening gigs for Sir Elton John and Sting, she performed everywhere from Øya Festival to Citadel Festival and DCODE.
In between this whirlwind, she made intermittent writing trips that proved invaluable. Co-written with Ludvig Söderberg [Tove Lo, Ellie Goulding] and Alx Reuterskiöld [Tove Lo, Zara Larsson] , Dagny bares it all—musically and emotionally—on her 2017 single Wearing Nothing. Driven by propulsive percussion, a dancefloor-ready stomp, lithe guitars, and sultry, shimmering production, the track quickly snaps into an undeniable and unforgettable chant, When I’m with you I feel like wearing nothing, with more than meets the eye.
Like so much other good music, it was written with some Swedish people, she laughs. It’s pop with a bit of a melancholic feeling. It plays on the idea ofwanting to be naked with someone. You meet this person you really want to show everything to and be as close as possible to. You’re as bare with them as you can be—to the point where even a piece of clothing feels like too much space in between. You want them to see everything physically and mentally. When you’re an artist, it feels like you’re doing the same thing and showing something intimate and sharing a personal story.
Dagny’s story is just beginning to unfold. With a marathon of touring planned and more music on the horizon, she’s got a big year ahead.
Every time I release something, it feels a little bit more like me, she leaves off. I grow as an artist. It all comes from the songs. I hope people can listen to this and feel happier. I really just want to inspire confidence. Maybe you put on my music and can walk with your head up a little higher—or run down the street naked
$20.00 - $35.00
Due to overwhelming demand, LANY’s September 30th show at Vanguard will be moving to Cain’s Ballroom on Friday, September 29th. All tickets from the Vanguard show will be honored and additional tickets are on sale now!
Day of Show $23
Mezzanine (21+) $35
There is a $2 fee that applies to each ticket purchased at the Cain's Box Office.
No re-entry! No smoking! No refunds!
Support acts are subject to change without notice!