"We're just trying to be the biggest band in the world."A bold answer from LANY when asked about their plans for the future. Paul, Les and Jake make up the alternative pop band that stands for Los Angeles, New York and are currently based in L.A., a location that has obvious influence on the sun-drenched music they make.Speaking to Paul about their upcoming tour, which starts tonight and spans Europe, the U.S and Canada, he seems excited to be leaving home behind for a while to explore and play in other venues across the northern hemisphere."The European leg of the tour is pretty fun. The cities are closer over there so that's pretty nice!"The fun will continue as the band are set to support John Mayer on seven shows across the U.S this spring, an artist they have expressed as their 'hero'. "It doesn't feel real yet" Paul explains, "It probably won't feel real until we walk into the first arena in Ohio and hear him sound-checking.
"I'm not sure if you can prepare for something like this... Stuff like this isn't actually supposed to happen!"The band finished recording their self-titled debut album last month. They've been open in interviews before about recording all their music through a Dell computer - a cry from the usual equipment you'd expect a band to be creating music on, especially when its as smooth and soulful as the sounds coming from LANY's records. On what to expect from the debut - which, by the way, has still gone through that same Dell - Paul says "You can expect a lot of new material. 15 of the 16 tracks have never been heard before; I think that speaks volumes about how we feel about the new stuff. We currently have three EPs on the internet, and only one song - ILYSB - made it onto the debut."It's about the ups and downs of every day life. I like highlighting, even romanticising, the mundane and often overlooked details and subtleties of situations and interactions. If you listen closely and take a step back, I think you'll find that the music comes from a really broken place."
Just a few Twitter searches make it clear that fans of the band are passionate and dedicated, and are sure to be in for a treat when the 16 track long-play is released in June. The devotion doesn't go unnoticed by LANY, who say they are as close to their fans as they can be within a healthy proximity: "We have some immensely creative fans."
Paul expands on his adoration: "whether it's drawings, paintings, or hilarious comments or memes about us, everyone seems to be really clever in their own way."
LANY is out June 30th and can be pre-ordered here.
Catch LANY in the UK on these following dates:06.03 - O2 Institute 2, Birmingham 07.03 - Gorilla, Manchester 08.03 - KOKO, London