LANY Lays Down New Beats

LANY Lays Down New Beats

Your summer soundtrack is ready, and it's coming to you live from LANY.
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The indie-pop group LANY is on an upward climb, with their smooth electronic beats and moody lyrics. If you don’t know who they are you should definitely take the time to get to know them and fast. Since the release of Acronym EP back in 2015, LANY has been weaving their way into the hearts and ears of people all over the world. The song ILYSB picked up a lot of attention through various platforms along with Walk Away and Hot Lights following the EP's first release.

Their newest release The Breakup, much like the rest of their stuff, makes you almost nostalgic of a love you may have not even had. It’s the type of music you blast in the car with your friends at night. A type of music you can fall in and fall out of love to. This, we can safely assume, is a little taste of what we can expect from their upcoming self-titled album. When asked if that was a safe assumption, one of the three members, Paul Klein, replied with “it’ll be more of the same, but we think these are the best songs we’ve ever written”.

Being only weeks away from the release of their debut album I sat down with Paul Klein, the group's front man, to talk about their music, inspiration and their upcoming stop here in Charleston, South Carolina. LANY’s track record is pretty impressive and growing. With shows backing artists like Ellie Goulding, Halsey and Troye Sivan they can no longer be considered rookies. When asked why they are often grouped together, or placed in the same genre, Klein says that since LANY also has a distinct sound it makes them similar, but still incredibly different. This is pretty prevalent when they’re grouped together with groups like The 1975. When asked what Klein thinks of this association he responded with, “I think The 1975 has a really strong brand and I think LANY’s brand is really strong. I’ve always said that we don’t sound anything like The 1975, but I think people feel the same when they listen to them as they do with us, and to be thrown around in comparison to a band that’s that big, and is that much of a global phenomenon, it’s a compliment, so I’ll take it.”

Their newest song The Breakup will be denser lyrically “and at times self-deprecating which [the fans] haven’t seen from us before, so there all kinds of nuances that are signs of growth and improvement." Even though a lot of their stuff is more electronic and synthesized, when given the taste of acoustic music from the band, the reaction of fans is incredible. I asked Paul what he thought of these kinds of reactions, “It’s so fascinating how much our fans love the stripped down version of things, that’s cool, that’s nice and I get it. I think if a song is good then it can be great… that’s the true test. If you can sit down at a piano and play it and it still feels complete and it’s moving then it's a great song and I think we have a few songs that we could strip down, and it’d be really fun to do, and maybe we’ll do that in the future."

After a string of arena tours and playing in front of thousands at various music festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly and Lollapalooza they’ve returned to smaller venues. This time the shows are much more intimate, offering up a completely different atmosphere. This atmosphere goes well with the moody, but still upbeat music they're putting out. Their distinct sound gaining them fans all over the world and offering up a new and unique listening experience. Since going on their own tour they’ve played smaller cities and smaller venues across America. When asked whether or not they were excited to come to Charleston, Klein admittedly said that Charleston would be one of the better-known cities on the tour.

Finally, when asked whether or not Klein could remember one specific moment where he realized their popularity there was some hesitation. He recalled a show of a crowd of about a thousand people. There he had been the most nervous and hadn’t been expecting what he was showing up to. Klein went on to say “I’m satisfied and I’m happy with how we’re doing but I’m not gonna say I wanna be the biggest band in the world, until we're there how can we get bigger everyday, how can we reach more people, how can we play bigger venues, and do this better than anyone’s ever done it before.” Even with big plans and even bigger talent, there are still people out there who have yet to hear about this eccentric group and with their upcoming schedule, I’m fairly certain that’s going to change. LANY is definitely going to be, not only the soundtrack of the summer, but the soundtrack of young people everywhere.

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1. Dare You to Run by Ariela Jacobs:

This is more of an acoustic piano song. It’s haunting in its tune yet extremely calming. This is a perfect song to falling asleep to.

“Sleep still haunts me now…I don’t know why, I dared you to run.”

2. Guy.exe. by Superfruit:

This song is good for people who are feeling lonely. It has a great beat but it’s also slow. This is definitely a jam for all the single ladies out there!

Where all the boys at with emotional stability?
Nice car, a CEO, and almost just as smart as me”

3. Habits of My Heart by Jaymes Young:

This is a song about an abusive relationship. It talks about the cognitive dissonance that the man experiences. This is a twist on the usual sob story of a damsel in distress calling for help. Instead, the man is struggling to help himself in a war between what’s good for him and his sexual needs.

“'Cause I'd rather be alone
But you're fermented in my bones”

4. Devil Like Me by Rainbow Kitten Surprise:

Not only is the band's name really cool, but they also have a great message.

"Is the devil so bad if he cries in his sleep, while the earth turns
And his kids learned to say, f*** you, they don't love you.
Does the devil get scared if she dies in her dreams, where the earth burns?


5. For Keeps by Lily Kershaw:

This is a really calming song; another good one for going to bed. The notes are hit perfectly and the song talks about being in a relationship that can never last. There are some really great metaphors in this song; there's something for everyone.

“I know you’re not for keeps
Just like pebbles on the beach
And this love is not for free
But they’re banking on you and me”





6. Timmy’s Got a Gun by 1AMVRKA:

This is a rap song with a good message. What are we doing to our children that make them want to kill others? How are kids growing up so fast that they have a gun in their hand; a life in their arms before they can vote?

"I bet they blame Eminem
But where are the -----,
where are the teachers the preachers where the f*** are their parents at?”


7. Cringe by Stripped:

This is a story about how love can turn into hate. It’s a very real song about how the little things can destroy a relationship.

“oh I make you cringe now
don't I make you cringe?”

8. AMBiVALENT by Sam Lachow:

This is a super fun song with a few old songs mashed into it. For example, all Missy Elliot lovers can rejoice that there is a stanza just for her. This song is a fun jam to laugh at.

“I’m not perfect,
I once freed seven monkey’s from the circus!”

9. Jack Daniels by Mike Stud:

This song touches on how fame can lead to addiction; how being famous isn’t about being perfect. It talks about how hard it is to be in the limelight as a role model and also a struggling addict.

For the money and the fame and the antics
For the pain they don't really see the damage
Just me and my boy Jack Daniels”


10. Helicopters by Stop Light Observations:

This song makes good use of wind instruments. It talks about staying in the moment and living life for the good times. It’s about a man who feels great but also has downs in his life. He’s struggling to find a way to balance his emotions.

“If time was my lady, Then right now I would stop her And hover over this here moment Like a helicopter.”


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Does Your Myers-Briggs Personality Match Your Hogwarts House?

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If you are by any means a Harry Potter fan, it is likely that you have given some thought to which Hogwarts House you would be placed in if you were a witch or wizard attending the school of witchcraft yourself. These houses separate students according to their personalities, whether their dominant attributes include things such as bravery, loyalty, knowledge, ambition etc.

As the normal muggles we are, we find various ways to separate ourselves based on personality as well; such as extroverts versus introverts. In fact, many people have taken what is called the Myers-Briggs Personality Test to discover which of the 16 different personality types they are. Each of the different personality types is comprised of four letters. The first letter can be an E or I, standing for extrovert and introvert. The second letter is either an N or S, stands for intuition or sensing. The third is a T or F, standing for thinking or feeling. And the fourth is a J or P, standing for judging or perceiving.

You can take this quiz here!

What if your Myers-Briggs personality type somehow correlated to what your Hogwarts House would be? According to the test, here is which Hogwarts House you would supposedly be in based on your results.

Gryffindor

ENTJ, ESFJ, INFP, ISFJ

Known for their bravery and leadership, some Gryffindors may be described as being reckless or blunt. Other staples of your average Gryffindor include chivalry, nerve and being daring. They put their actions to noble causes.

Hufflepuff

ENTP, INFJ, ENFP, ISFP

Known for their hard work and loyalty, a Hufflepuff is a true friend to have. Other staples of a Hufflepuff include patience and dedication. It is the most accepting of all the four houses.

Ravenclaw

INTP, INTJ, ISTJ, ISTP

Known for their wit and creativity, other staples of an average Ravenclaw include originality, intelligence and wisdom. It is hard not to love a crafty mind.

Slytherin

ENFJ, ESTP, ESFP, ESTJ

Known for their ambition, a Slytherin is willing to do whatever they can to succeed. Contrary to popular belief, not all Slytherins are "evil". Their cunning and resourceful nature often leads others to wonder how they always find a way to the top.

Did your Hogwarts House match up the way you expected it to?

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