Review: LANY was more than ‘kinda’ awesome in Toronto

(By: Angela McLean)

“WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS?” Over 600 fans sang that line back to LANY frontman Paul Klein at the alt-pop band’s recent sold-out Toronto performance on Oct. 30 at the Mod Club Theatre. If they came in a little nervous, it’s safe to say Klein and his bandmates Les Priest and Jake Goss left the most popular guests in town.


LANY is currently on a Canadian and U.S. tour in support of their spring EP, ‘kinda,’ which features six new tracks that highlight their signature gloomy-yet-hopeful sound. Although the band played a highly-buzzed-about set at WayHome Music & Arts Festival north of the city this summer, this was their first time playing the new music at a headlining show. Fans came prepared, singing and clapping along to every song.

On top of playing the entire ‘kinda’ EP, LANY played songs off their 2015 EPs ‘I Loved You.’ and ‘Make Out,’ including fan favourites “Walk Away” and “ILYSB (I Love You So Bad).” Each song was elevated with a different stage visual that represented the lyrics of the song, such as a video of rain falling outside a window for the upbeat love song “Dumb Stuff.” The guys’ natural stage presence, Klein’s captivating vocals and their eye-catching visuals worked together to create a set that was much more than ‘kinda’ awesome.


Fellow L.A.-based alt-pop four-piece Transviolet opened the show. Coming off tour with Twenty One Pilots in the U.K. and having received praise for their single “Girls Your Age” from the likes of Katy Perry, Harry Styles and Lorde, their performance proved that they have earned their spot on the stage and this is surely not the last we will see of them.

Scroll through our full set of photos from LANY’s Toronto show below.

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