There is a compelling aspect of going to a show when you aren't super familiar with the opening act. If you like the headliner, there's a pretty big chance you'll also dig the opening act since they seem to always complement each other well. LANY
did a phenomenal job picking Transviolet
to tour with them because they both put on a charming, energetic performance at Webster Hall on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles-based foursome, Transviolet, falls somewhere in between CHVRCHES and Sia with vocals from Sarah McTaggart sounding similar to Lorde and Lana. Transviolet has an electronic indie-pop sound with some gritty darkness to it. McTaggart was wearing black leather shorts with a black top and the most badass floral kimono and I even overheard someone comment, "She can do whatever she wants in that kimono."
Transviolet weaved through their debut EP, playing their hits "Girls Your Age" and "New Bohemia." During the set, McTaggart ran to the side of the stage to grab an orange, stuffed smiley face that was half the size of her petite body. Transviolet's energy while on stage was infectious and positive and the crowd adored them. Mctaggart bounced around the stage, often times getting so enthusiastic about the performance that she'd end up singing on the floor. Transviolet definitely got the crowd's energy up for LANY.
LANY opened their set with Whitney Houston's 1991 performance of "Star-Spangled Banner," projected across the back of the stage. The boys of LANY walked onto the stage with their hands over their hearts, singing out the words with the projection. The crowd went wild and it was quite a way to open their set. LANY played "Where The Hell Are My Friends?" which could barely be heard over the crowd's singing and cheering.
In the middle of the set, LANY threw roses into the crowd and scattered them around the stage while images of Angelina Jolie were projected on the screen. At the front of the stage was a speaker box that said "LOVE SUCKS SOMETIMES" spelled out with white tape. The whole set was filled with upbeat lyrics about the positives and negatives about love as the crowd shouted along.
LANY weaved through their three EPs, some highlights of the set being "pink skies," "Walk Away" and "yeah, babe, no way." At the end of the night, frontman Paul Kline took off his jean jacket to display his "I ♥ NY" shirt and popped his hair into a manbun. They ended with "ILYSB" and as the crowd sang every word of it, Kline couldn't stop smiling and there was an emotional connection between the band and the crowd. It was a beautiful way to close out the evening.
Transviolet and LANY charmed the crowd at Webster Hall and left everyone wanting more. It was a short, quick evening of music but it was packed with positive energy, fun and a whole lot of singing.