If you happened to be driving down Wilshire Boulevard on Thursday and noticed an impossibly large crowd wrapped around a significantly smaller storefront, odds are you witnessed LANY fans in their element.
The L.A.-based synth-pop band surprised fans with a one-day pop-up shop to celebrate their self-titled debut album less than a week after its release.
Appropriately, the shop matched the band’s pastel aesthetic, coated in millennial pink with their album artwork and merchandise, including some pop-up shop exclusives, displayed throughout.
For those of you who missed out on the
five-plus hours of waiting in the summer heat rose-colored festivities, I’ve created a photo gallery below of everything the shop had to offer, including the LANY boys themselves: Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest.
Some of the pop-up exclusives included a long-sleeve “Super Far” shirt and a “Property of LANY” t-shirt. For the super fans out there who want more than just a poster, each of the large scale album art pieces was available for purchase for $500 as well.
While I am a concert junkie who has willingly camped for that barricade spot at a general admission show, I’m new to the pop-up shop game. And let me tell you, what I thought was going to be a two or three hour adventure turned into an all-day excursion.
The shop’s official hours, as stated on Klein’s Instagram page (a post which has since been deleted), were supposed to be 3-8 p.m. Clearly they underestimated the turnout, because the tail-end of the line barely trickled in after 8:30 p.m. and a handful of fans were still lingering at 9 p.m.
To LANY’s credit, they kept the meet and greet going up until the end, making sure to thank every person for coming out, even if it meant sitting in a muggy room under hot lights meeting with a seemingly endless line of people for more than five hours while their album spun on repeat in the background. I wonder if they listened to it as many times as I did.
[All photos are my own shot on iPhone.]