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With a week run across parts of Europe, LANY show no signs of stopping. Just hours before their near sell-out show at O2 Academy Liverpool, Paul Klein, Jake Gross and Les Priest sat down with The National Student to discuss their upcoming second album, playing Coachella, and how they built their fanbase. Despite hailing from Los Angeles, California, the band seem at home in the UK setting. “It’s really familiar you know? We’ve been here a lot of times,” says frontman Paul – but having just awoken from a three-hour nap, he apologises for what must still be a suffering of jetlag. “We haven’t played Liverpool as 'LANY', we were here last time with Ellie Goulding I think”. Since the release of LANY, their 2017 debut LP, the band has had an intense touring schedule which saw them playing across the UK in Birmingham, Manchester and London amongst others, with fans welcoming them in open arms. “It feels very familiar,” they emphasise. Their debut self-titled full-length album was released in June last year, and Klein attempts to put into words how they have got to the position they are in today. “It’s been a lot of hard work, but really really fun. The only way we’ve gotten here is by playing shows. We’ve never really had a song on the radio, never had a big internet moment or anything – just built it from the ground up one show at a time”. This notion of starting from nothing echoes throughout LANY’s aura as something which they are incredibly thankful for.
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