The Internet has become LANY’s best friend. It’s where their fans showed their support via tweets, live updates, photos and even sharing their songs. With more than 165,000 followers on Twitter, 257,000 on Instagram, 230,000 on Facebook and a whopping 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, it’s no surprise that the band is almost always trending online when they’re achieving one milestone after another.
This is particularly true in the social media savvy Philippines where the trio composed of Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest has gained a massive following in such a short period of time. Four thousand fans came at their mall debut in Glorietta last August, filling up the area from bottom to top floors. There were more or less the same number of fans who showed up at the four mall shows that followed.
The listening fandom has also helped make LANY the most-streamed artist on Spotify’s hit, innovative feature Discover Weekly in 2016. Their single ILYSB is its most-streamed out of all the songs that have ever been featured on the streaming platform’s weekly playlist.
The band, however, has proven that they are more than just hyped breakthrough artists online. Apart from making waves on social media, the alternative, pop-electronic band has come a long way from posting their first two tracks on Soundcloud back in 2014. Their self-titled debut album was certified platinum in the Philippines shortly after it was released in June 2016. They have also successfully toured the U.S. with Twin Shadow, Tove Styrke, X Ambassadors, Troye Sivan and Halsey.
The band has been on a world tour since July. They’ve just completed their solo North American tour, following their month-long stop to perform in different cities in Asia, including Manila. Currently, the band is taking Europe by storm. They previously appeared in prominent music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Wanderland in March 2017, where they experienced playing in front of the Filipino crowd for the first time.
Frontman Paul Klein has called the performance “really special”, as it felt like they were the headlining act when in fact, they weren’t. “We started the set with Yea, Babe, No Way, and for everyone to know the words to that first verse, that was like… wow, we had no idea how kind of amazing the Filipino fans were [and] how invested they were,” he said in an interview with Bandwagon Asia.
It looks like the same energy from local fans will greet them as they return to the country for the third time. The band is set to perform at the 16,500-seater Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on April 5, 2018.
Tickets – which will go on sale on December 14 at 10 a.m. via Ticketnet – are priced at P3,500 (VIP Standing), P3,000 (Patron A), P2,500 (Patron B), P2,000 (Box), P1,500 (Upper Box) and P1,000 (General Admission).
In honor of LANY’s return for their biggest headlining show ever, here are some of their most-streamed songs on Spotify:
Photo from Manila Bulletin