LANY return today with a wistful new single, ‘good guys’, along with an accompanying music video, offering the first taste of the Los Angeles trio’s forthcoming third album Mama’s Boy, due out on Interscope Records later this year.
“As soon as you say ‘I love spending time with you’ to someone, they figure something out and they’re not interested anymore,” says frontman Paul Klein of the song’s meaning. “It’s like a challenge. You accomplish the task of getting someone to like you and they move on.”
Mama’s Boy marks the indie-pop band’s follow-up to their 2018 LP, Malibu Nights. Their sophomore album proved to be a therapeutic outlet for frontman Paul Jason Klein, who had recently ended a relationship with singer Dua Lipa. Written over the course of 50 days, the album found the group at their most emotionally raw, as their lush pop tracks covered feelings of heartbreak and relationship woes in songs like ‘I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore’ and ‘Thru These Tears’.
Comprised of Klein, drummer Jake Clifford Goss and keyboardist and guitarist Les Priest, LANY once again looks at relationships in Mama’s Boy. However, Klein decided to find a change of scenery in Nashville, where he wrote tracks with Dan Smyers from the duo Dan + Shay, Shane McAnally, who contributed to Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour, and songwriting power couple Sasha Sloan and King Henry.
Over those two weeks in Nashville, Klein began to put into words and music the cognitive dissonance between the LA persona he’d adopted over the band’s rise and his Great Plains heritage.
“Someone asked me where I was from and somewhere, out of my spirit, I just said ‘Man, I’m from Oklahoma!’ It was a weird sense of pride, to be from the middle of nowhere,” he says of the realization that he needed to look to the country’s heartland for this album’s inspiration.
The result is a sweeping tribute to home, heritage and Americana. It’s both wise and knowingly naïve. Klein says that the 14-track album is “Symbolic of being an American kid”. Adding that, “I wanted to walk the fine line of pop, cowboy and Americana. Taking the American sides of brands like Ralph Lauren, and mixing with the European, rock’n’roll chic of Saint Laurent.”
Since the release of their debut EP, Acronyms, in 2014, LANY have been dishing up synth-heavy soulful tunes that cull from 90s R&B and 80s pop, and have gained fans with singles like ‘ILYSB’, ‘Made In Hollywood’ and ‘WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS’. The group has toured with the likes of Troye Sivan, Ellie Goulding, X Ambassadors and John Mayer, while they’ve played the stages of such festivals as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Firefly.