LA’s premier indie pop band LANY took over Enmore Theatre on Sunday night, with pop sensation Robinson on support.
When New Zealand-born Robinson walked out on stage, you wouldn’t have known she was the supporting act. She commanded the stage with such a strong presence; arms stretched out and a wide power stance. The only issue with her set was that a few times her foldbacks weren’t loud enough and she couldn’t hear herself (you could tell by her increasingly less discreet hand movements, and slightly strained facial expressions). She managed to recover from this on multiple occasions. Robinson gave us a beautiful rendition of Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’ and ended with her popular dance track ‘Nothing to Regret’.
After transitioning the stage to a split-level setup, the back wall went static and an electronic countdown began. LANY beginning their set in this way – with animated, bright, electronic backgrounds - was totally foreshadowing what was to come. Lead singer Paul Klein remained on the lower level, sometimes moving to a higher box for a chorus or two, and also moving to his keyboard. Drummer Jake Goss, guitarist Les Priest and new touring member Giuliano Pizzulo (Jules) all remained on the upper level for the set’s entirety.
LANY’s whole set was visually beautiful, and kept audience’s interest through some of their lesser known songs. During ‘Taking Me Back’, the lyrics actually appeared behind the band in a karaoke-style fashion, which cleverly aided the audience to participate and sing along. For their hit single ‘Super Far’ the music video played behind them. In the same fashion, ‘Pink Skies’ was sung in front of a literal sunset - making the lyrics all the more real.