LANY Releases New Album “mama's boy”: Streaming
- Los Angeles-based alt-rock band LANY released third studio album “mama's boy” released on October 2, 2020 via Polydor Records.
The record was written and recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles.
The album contains 14-track, produced by King Henry, Tyler Johnson, Chad Copelin and LANY.
LANY said, “Mowing the yard and getting the lines in the grass just right taught me to take pride in my work no matter how big or small the job. […] I think it's beautiful to call your parents and respect your elders. I think it's nice to buy flowers and hold the door for the person you love. And I can't find anything wrong in hoping there's a God and wanting to believe that you're alive and here on purpose. This is us knowing exactly who we are and embracing ourselves fully for the first time as a band. And we've done our absolute best to make album 3 as perfect as possible… like a freshly mowed yard.”
The band explained track by track for the album below.
“Dad: To me the hook in “You!” is 'you are the light in the dark, your the arrow right through my heart.' Right? This is the best song you have written. It would be a great closer for a show. Like you have done with [“ILYSB.”]
Paul Klein: yep!!! the arrow thru my heart is my fav line
Dad: Mine too. This is were the chills come in😊”
“cowboy in LA”
“There have been a few times in my life I've finished writing a song and knew it was gonna be significant, and “cowboy in LA” is one of them.
The song title, the familiar LANY vocal effect paired with the evolution of our sound, the west coast imagery coupled with the overlooked beauty found in the middle of nowhere. If I'm allowed to say it, I'm proud of this one.”
“heart won't let me”
“stuck in a relationship with the wrong person… we've all been there. the arguments are never-ending. you don't see eye to eye. maybe the only thing clear here is that you shouldn't be together. so why is it so hard to leave? you hang onto the rare moments when things are okay as fuel to get you thru the turbulent times. this is one of the few songs in our catalogue that sees me using the full range of my chest voice. it's about as low as i can go, and the chorus is at the top end of my vocal register—the only other song i do this on that comes to mind is “tampa.” the second chorus is a double chorus, using the last line of the first half as the first line of the second half (i.e. “my heart won't let me… be the one to quit) is such a hot songwriting play. I'm proud of that one.”
“if this is the last time”
“The idea for the track came to me on a flight to Beijing last summer. My uncle buddy (I have his name tattooed on my arm) is getting older, and I don't get to see him very much because I'm always working and/or on tour. He's in good health, but you never know what could happen… and I thought to myself, “What if the next time I get to see him is the last time I'll get to see him?” […] After moving into 2020 and being thrown into a global pandemic and being faced with a new reality, it became clear to me that finishing and perfecting this song was imperative… That maybe this was a song the world could lean on.”
“i still talk to jesus”
“i typed “i still talk to jesus” in my notes app 9 months before sitting down to write the song. i was raised in church, but there are things i do now that i grew up thinking i would go to hell over. “sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll”… this is my confession. i wanna believe that prayer works. however… i think, often times, they're answered in ways we don't expect or recognize. i have a vivid memory of pulling up to rhuch one Sunday and watching this cowboy finish his cigarette before he walked in. i tried to capture the same energy in these pre-choruses. stained glass windows are synonymous with cathedrals and religion. talking about stained past in the same breath felt like a humongous songwriting achievement to me. i wanted the outer to sound and feel like i was playing this song alone in a Sunday school room with the door slightly cracked, and you were listening down the hall.”
“this was the first song written for “mama's boy.” i wrote it in january of 2019. i knew this album was gonna demand another round of honesty and vulnerability from me. everyone thinks you both look so good together, but they have no idea what it's like behind closed doors. put on a smile, get out of the house, hang out with your coupled up friends, act like you're having fun. you stay together because of the outside expectations and praise from total strangers. let's be honest… we're not happy.”
“I don't know if anyone has picked up on it or talked about it, but “Good Guys” is the first time you have ever heard an acoustic guitar on a LANY song. That might be the loudest acoustic guitar I have heard on a song ever.”
“we wrote this song in april of 2019. the guitar in the intro is actual guitar from the demo. wanting someone all to yourself is a beautiful milestone in the emotional journey. you've officially decided that you don't want anyone else, and you're just hoping the other person feels the same way.”
“henry [King Henry] recorded a conversation in the studio and turned it into an intro. if you listen close, you can hear me say “what are you waiting for?” “bad news” has multiple meanings to me. one, i'm on tour all the time… so don't fall in love with me because i'm rarely home / available. two, it's sarcastically self-deprecating. it's hilarious to me how you can go from being your significant others' favorite person in the whole world to the worst person alive just because the relationship didn't work out.”
“when you're drunk”
“the guitar line feels so 90's MTV TRL to me. we've fallen for that person who's talking to 20 people at the same time and hits you up when they're drinking. the call and response in the choruses 2 and 3 was an idea that just popped into my head last minute when i was recording the final vocal for the song. the outro “oohs” was also a happy accident. i was just riffing new melody ideas and they wound up fitting perfectly here.”
“anything 4 u”
“this is one of the sweetest songs on the album, and maybe one of the sweetest songs in our entire catalogue. i wanted to tell the story of a young love that hadn't come to fruition yet—that moment when you realize you're in love with your best friend. if i'm allowed to be self-aware, i think this is the most effortless we have ever sounded on a song. “i'll never walk into another bar, i'll burn these tattoos off my arms” is one of my favourite lines on the whole album.”
“there are like 50 different versions of this song. we had a tough time deciding which direction we wanted to go with the production, but we finally nailed it. i've never heard anyone say “i wanna make them sad,” but i know every single person alive and breathing has had that feeling so it felt amazing to articulate it correctly.”
“(what i wish just one person would say to me)”
“being in a band is amazing and i wouldn't trade it for the world, but it definitely comes at a cost. there are a lot of sacrifices that you have to make in order to be successful. never being home makes relationships more difficult and finding someone who understands the demands of the job is rare. also, it just feels nice to be understood and cheered and encouraged. i hope we all have people in our lives that want us to succeed, want the best for us, push us towards excellence, and celebrate our wins every now and then. and, of course, i hope we do the same for others.”
“i had the amazing privilege of literally just sitting on the couch with dan wilson and writing this song. when you break it all down, who you're with is so much more important than what you do because the rain is inevitable, success comes and goes, material things fade away… who's gonna be there on your darkest night?”
- source : Spotify