LANY Talks New Album 'Malibu Nights,' Taking Chances and Staying True to Their Identity

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The band's highly-anticipated sophomore album arrives right now, Oct. 5.

With L.A.-based alt-pop trio LANY, there's no such factor as a sophomore hunch. Instead of taking a break after their huge world tour in 2017, the band determined to instantly hop again into the studio to work on recording their highly-anticipated second studio album, Malibu Nights, out right now (Oct. 5). Written in a whopping 45 days, Malibu Nights arrives only a 12 months and a half after their self-titled debut LANY, and is their most weak work to this point.  

Malibu Nights sees members Paul Jason Klein (lead vocals/keyboard), Jake Goss (drums/sampling pad) and Les Priest (synthesizers/backing vocals/guitar) working in concord to ship a good set of 9 lush pop songs (after a 17-track debut LP) brimming with lyrics about love, longing and loss within the wake of heartbreak. Known finest for his or her dreamy synth-pop melodies and layered vocals, LANY incorporate extra guitar, piano and drums into their instrumentals on Malibu Nights -- new parts that shine brightest on songs like "Let Me Know," "Taking Me Back," and the intimate, piano-driven title observe that closes the album. 

Because of their excessive dedication to their craft, LANY is now stronger than ever, and have efficiently managed to remain true to what followers have come to like about them since their formation 4 years in the past. "I believe it's necessary irrespective of how huge we get to remain true to how we've finished it up to now," says Klein. "I at all times need to keep the identical as 2014 though I need to progress, evolve and get higher. I need us to remain true to who we actually are."

Ahead of the discharge of Malibu Nights, LANY touched base with Billboard to debate how this album differs from their self-titled debut, why this challenge is their bravest work but and what their hopes and expectations are for the album. 

What prompted such a fast turnaround for Malibu Nights? It comes lower than two years after your debut album, LANY.

Paul Klein: It wasn't actually on goal. We performed 135 exhibits final 12 months, so the schedule was to sit back, loosen up, attempt a number of issues if we needed to after which go into the studio late July or August and work on album two. I simply didn't actually really feel like chilling and I wanted to enter the studio on a regular basis. I used to be writing each single day and on the finish of daily, I'd ship them what I'd name skeletons of songs. It was a piano, vocal or a GarageBand demo of a tune. Some have been good and a few weren't nearly as good, then we realized that is an album.

Describe the recording course of for Malibu Nights. How did it come collectively? What was your way of thinking throughout writing and recording?

PK: I can divide songs into two sections: You have the skeleton of the tune after which you will have the spine, the meat and the muscle. I'd ship these guys the skeletons after which we spent 4 instances as a lot time packing on the muscle. We labored with Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Twenty One Pilots), who helped us elevate what we're good at and enhance on what we're not good at. In the previous, we might go on tour, then we'd have a few weeks off, and making all the pieces at residence whereas with this, we have been happening tour however we had extra time at residence and extra time to be within the studio. We confirmed up at midday and went residence at 7 or eight p.m., but it surely was each single day and it was actually enjoyable.

Jake Goss: It was enjoyable too as a result of it was rather a lot completely different than what we've finished up to now. Usually in our earlier stuff, we'd have a groove and we construct a tune round it and lyrics will go final. It was enjoyable this time round as a result of we needed to attempt new issues and see the place it could go. A variety of instances Paul would have a piano and a vocal finished that day, after which he'd ship it over and I'd throw it into Logic. It was a brand new means of exploring stuff.

How related was the tough model of the album to the ultimate?

PK: Some songs stayed fairly related. "Run" stayed fairly related. But then as an illustration, Jake's drums on "Taking Me Back" actually elevated that tune. He accentuated elements of that tune, and on "Thick and Thin," too. They all begin with a fairly clear imaginative and prescient. "Thru These Tears" lacked essentially the most imaginative and prescient, that's why it took us some time to piece it out precisely.

There’s an actual uncooked vulnerability on this challenge in comparison with others that LANY has finished. What impressed you to be this clear?

PK: It's simply the one means I understand how to put in writing. I really feel like plenty of instances in my complete life to actually course of or talk one thing, I really feel like I can do it higher in music, and I believe that's a part of what we do as LANY. It's not all that we do, however I believe when folks come to know and be taught LANY that they know they're going to get actual, relatable, common, plausible, real looking lyrics. Fans know what we’re speaking and singing about, they usually can discover themselves in these tales. We additionally pushed ourselves musically and tried issues that we have been uncomfortable with by placing guitar and drums in plenty of the songs. The album from high to backside lyrically and sonically is us actually pushing ourselves and being courageous.

How does Malibu Nights differ out of your first album?

PK: I believe it's completely different in all the suitable methods, and it's the identical in all the suitable methods. I don't assume we sound like a distinct band. I believe we nonetheless sound like LANY and in the end we simply made the most effective LANY album. I believe its completely different in introducing these parts that we haven't actually found or tapped into up to now. On some songs, technically talking, there's solely one in every of my vocals on "Malibu Nights." The solely time we've ever finished one thing like that's with "ILYSB (Stripped)." We are inclined to stack vocals, and that's been a sonic identification that we've had up to now, however simply making an attempt new issues like that's the way it's completely different. Working with older and wiser guys that know greater than us with an out of doors perspective, it was cool to have a sounding board like that.

Was it an intentional transfer to have fewer songs on Malibu Nights? Did you goal or plan to have a extra succinct album, or was all the pieces that you just wanted to say mentioned inside these 9 songs?

PK: I undoubtedly assume that all the pieces I wanted to say, I mentioned in these 9 songs. There's nothing left for me to say by any means. Coincidentally, it was 9 songs. It wasn't on goal though I've a 9 tattoo on my arm, however we imagine you'll be able to't be anyone's favourite band with out an album. It's necessary to offer folks a physique of labor as a result of it's content material and variety. It's 2018 and other people's consideration spans are shrinking. It's necessary to make a concise, digestible physique of labor and I believe that's what we did.

What is the that means of the crescent moon on the Malibu Nights cowl artwork? How does it play an element into the general theme of the challenge?

PK: We selected Malibu Nights because the title of the album and I needed to get one thing sort of symbolic of the night time time. There's a jewellery store down the road from our studio that we labored out of. It’s the place I purchased my hoop earring that I at all times put on. I went in there and I noticed a moon attraction they usually customized made the ring with the attraction on it.

We by no means got down to make the rose [on the cover of our first album] well-known, however the rose grew to become sort of well-known and really symbolic of our first period -- it was the rose period. I used to be considering of what was the subsequent factor, and I saved coming again to the crescent moon and Malibu Nights. It simply felt so cohesive. I used to be up actually late drawing and I took my earring out and I traced it, after which I had my pal draw out the earring on illustrator. The crescent moon that we use in all of our graphics is that this precise moon on my hoop earring. I've had the jewellery store the place I bought this make us earrings for our followers as a result of plenty of our followers need to put on the earring.

Can clarify the fascination with unhappy songs and shiny colours? What do you discover so interesting about that juxtaposition?

PK: I believe we're continually turning into extra conscious of who we're and what we do. We're knowledgeable of this by individuals who hearken to our music, it by no means dawned on us that we had unhappy songs with an uptempo. It's not one thing that we sat out in 2014 and mentioned "Alright guys, that is gonna be our mantra." I do assume in artwork, juxtaposition is an incredible method to issues. You have one factor that clearly has this temper, why not pair it one thing that's a exact opposite? It really works in shade concept -- you are taking one shade after which reverse shade on the opposite finish of the spectrum is the one which compliments the most effective. We attempt to do this with our visuals. We both match it completely, or we simply go the other.

You determined the way you have been going to announce Malibu Nights lower than an hour earlier than you introduced the album. Was that an try and be spontaneous and float?

PK: I believe it's simply the byproduct of dwelling and respiration what we do. This is all our blood, sweat and tears. It's what we're so enthusiastic about. It's not contrived, it's not company. I believe it's necessary irrespective of how huge we get to remain true to how we've finished it up to now. I at all times need to keep the identical as 2014 though I need to progress, evolve and get higher. I need us to remain true to who we actually are.

What would you like listeners to remove kind Malibu Nights?

PK: Great songs. I simply need to give folks an awesome album with nice songs that they need to maintain listening to time and again.

How would you need your long-term followers from the start to obtain the album?

PK: I hope that they at all times assume we're getting higher and higher. I by no means need to disappoint followers. Without saying names, there are some artists that I simply cherished, after which they dropped an album and I used to be like, "Wow, I'm going to like you thru this difficult time." I hope that that's by no means the case with our followers, that they're at all times like, "Hell yeah. You simply outdid yourselves. You simply one-upped yourselves and also you get higher and higher." Hopefully that's how they really feel.

JG: And that they at all times know that we're going to return in with authenticity and being sincere, as a result of the youthful technology of millennials can see proper by means of authenticity. If one thing's pretend, then they're out. But our followers are going to be with us endlessly as a result of we're at all times going to offer them the reality.