LANY @ Delmar Hall // Oct. 5th, 2016

     Last week I went to a concert that I have been dreaming of for the past year and a half of my life.  Rewinding back to then, my friend Hannah and I had just recently(ish) gone and seen The 1975 play in Chicago, which was awesome obviously, but now it was time to further explore what other musical gems we could entice our ears with. As friends do, we send screenshots and links to songs that we find in hopes that the other A. hasn't heard it yet B. starts to really understand your musical taste and will be able to make better selections of what to send you next. This time, Hannah sent me the link to a song called ILYSB by LANY, and when it started playing over the bluetooth in my car, I knew I was screwed. 
     I'm going to be the first person to tell you that I am only decent at describing things, especially when it comes to music. So for LANY, pronounced Lay-Nee, I can only say that it is my perfect mix of 80s-alternative-indie-pop, lol. Paul Klein (Lead vocals, keyboard, guitar), Jake Clifford Goss (Drums), and Les Priest (Keys, guitar, and vocals) formed the band in March of 2014. In an interview, Paul stated that for design and aesthetic purposes they wanted a four-letter word, but because most were already taken, they went with the acronym for L.A. to New York. Initially I wanted to think that the name was slightly cheesy, but when you really think about it, the thought of music continuously traveling from coast to coast is kind of romantic. 
     As far as the show goes, It was held at a new venue in the Loop called Delmar Hall. The Loop is located in University City, MO, which is home to many other music venues, like Delmar Hall's big brother, The Pageant. The venue was awesome. Since my friend and I were over 21, we were able to enter an hour early, which helped in solidifying us a front row spot. I wanted to take photos, but because I wasn't shooting the show, I knew I wouldn't be able to bring my DSLR in. I had a ten year old Canon Powershot lying around and figured I might as well try it out, if it doesn't work, my iPhone will take some decent photos. When I got home and pulled them up on my computer, I was so STOKED with how they turned out. Obviously, they wont be for everyone, but I think there's something beautifully imperfect about them. I hope you all enjoy, and leave me a comment below of what you think!

ABOVE: Paul Klein