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LANY at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas on September 28, 2017
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, US
Years active 2014–present
  • Paul Jason Klein
  • Charles Leslie "Les" Priest
  • Jake Clifford Goss

LANY (/ˈlni/; an acronym for "Los Angeles New York") is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, formed in 2014. The band consists of Paul Jason Klein, Charles Leslie "Les" Priest, and Jake Clifford Goss.


LANY was formed in March 2014 when Paul Jason Klein, who had a small solo career, flew to Nashville to meet up with friends Jake Goss and Les Priest. Previously, Goss and Priest had a separate project by the name of WRLDS, but this was discontinued after the formation of LANY.[7] The following month they uploaded two songs, "Hot Lights" and "Walk Away", to SoundCloud incognito in order to differentiate between their old and new projects. Their debut EP, Acronymns, followed later that year, with the song "ILYSB" generating significant interest online. Singles "Made in Hollywood" and "Bad, Bad, Bad" soon followed, along with the reveal of their identities.

In 2015, LANY embarked on American tours supporting Twin Shadow, Tove Styrke, X Ambassadors, Troye Sivan and Halsey.[8] A second EP was released titled I Loved You. followed, as did festival appearances including Lollapalooza.

Paul Klein of LANY in Dallas, Texas on July 23, 2015.

In December 2015, after signing to Polydor Records,[9] a re-release EP titled Make Out was released; consisting of all songs (bar two: "Hot Lights" and "OMG") released prior to I Loved You. Shortly after this, a UK support tour with Ellie Goulding was announced for March 2016 and a live stripped back version of "ILYSB" was released on YouTube.[10] A US support tour with Troye Sivan ran through February, followed by the announcement of their first US headline tour, "The Make Out Tour", in May.[11] On March 11, 2016, LANY released a single titled "WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS". The track debuted on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe.[12] One month later, LANY released a video for "WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS", their first music video.[13]

After their headline tour in May, LANY played a series of festivals in Summer 2016, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Outside Lands.[14]

LANY began their second headline tour in the fall of 2016 called the "Kinda Tour". It included 14 European dates and 37 US dates.

On February 15, 2017, LANY announced they would be opening up for 7 shows of John Mayer's "The Search for Everything Tour". It included 5 US dates and 2 dates in Canada.[15]

Through their official Instagram and Twitter, the band announced that they'd be releasing their debut album, LANY, on June 30, 2017, to be preceded by the singles "Good Girls" on March 3, as well as "It Was Love", "The Breakup", and "13".[16]

On June 30, 2017, LANY released their debut, self-titled album. The single "Super Far" debuted on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 on Apple Music preceding the release of the full-length album. The band held pop-up shops in Los Angeles and New York to promote the album. They have released music videos for "Good Girls", "ILYSB", and "Super Far". The band also announced a US headline tour that is set to occur from September through November 2017. LANY spent the Summer of 2017 playing festivals and touring Australia and Asia. They will tour Europe in the Winter of 2017.

On April 5, 2018, LANY had their first ever arena concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Philippines. Tickets for the show were sold out in just 24 hours.[17] and an added 2nd night.[18]

Their hit song ILYSB based on some secret love interests involving Paul is actually based on Megan Ziegler counter to many beliefs.


LANY is an acronym for "Los Angeles New York". Klein addressed the name in an interview:

"We knew we wanted a four-letter word because of design and aesthetic purposes, but as you can imagine, all the four-letter words in the entire world are taken. We moved to acronyms and for a while we thought we would be TTYL, but then we decided we didn’t want to be 13 for the rest of our lives. I eventually thought of the span across the country from L.A. to New York, and at first I was thinking it would be L-A-N-Y, but people kept getting confused on how to pronounce it when I told them, saying things like 'L-A-and-Y?' So then we’re like forget it—let's call ourselves LANY, pronounced Lay-Nee."[7]

Paul Klein of LANY in Dallas, Texas on September 11, 2015.


  • Paul Jason Klein – lead vocals, keyboards, piano, guitar
  • Jake Clifford Goss – drums, sampling pad
  • Les Priest – synthesizers, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
LANY[16] 32 53 90
Malibu Nights[22]
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Polydor
To be released

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
I Loved You
  • Released: June 9, 2015
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
Make Out
  • Released: December 11, 2015
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
  • Released: June 24, 2016
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Digital download, 12"


Title Year
"Hot Lights" / "Walk Away" 2014
"Made in Hollywood"
"Bad, Bad, Bad"
"It Was Love" 2017
"The Breakup"
"Super Far"
"Thru These Tears" 2018


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  3. ^ Fischer, Reed (July 22, 2016). "LANY | 10 New Artists You Need to Know: August 2016". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  4. ^ Desantis, Rachel (October 6, 2017). "How LANY's brand of synth-pop reflects the digital era". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  5. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (June 8, 2015). "LANY EP Premiere: Listen to 'i loved you.' in Full". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  6. ^ Toledo, Marimar (October 12, 2016). "Dream-pop band LANY glides their way to Backbooth on Thursday". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
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  8. ^ "LANY Makes Catchy Electro-Soul On 'Make Out' EP (INTERVIEW) - Glide Magazine". Glide Magazine. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  9. ^ "LANY have signed to Polydor Records". Project U. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ "LANY - ILYSB (Live in Los Angeles)". January 26, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ "LANY Official Website". Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Listen to "World First: LANY - "WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS"" posted by Zane Lowe on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  13. ^ "LANY - WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS". April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ "LANY on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ LANY (2017-02-15). "7 SHOWS WITH OUR". @thisisLANY. Retrieved 2018-01-25. 
  16. ^ a b "Instagram post by LANY • Feb 25, 2017 at 10:10pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  17. ^ "LANY Returning To Manila in 2018". Philippine Concerts. Retrieved 2017-12-17. 
  18. ^ "Lany Manila Concert 2018". 
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