Up and Coming Band Layne Plays Intimate Gig At The Echo [REVIEW] REVIEW+PHOTOS: LAYNE @ THE ECHO 6/20/17
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Last night I had the good fortune of attending LAYNE’s set at the Echo. As per usual, I scurried over from my day job to see a band that I’ve been hooked on since my colleague, Derrick Lee, had introduced me to their music. I showed up way too early, and saw LAYNE hanging out in their van in front of the doors. Wanting to avoid full creeper mode, I went for a walk around Echo Park. Nothing exciting happened, but roughly an hour later, I was front and center to the stage.
It was a small crowd, but so pleasantly intimate- It felt like a private show! LAYNE went on to perform right away. They got the room warmed up with their song, “Somebody”. People were immediately surrendering all attention to this band that they may or may not have heard of before. Admittedly, I was busy trying to capture shots of the band members, but as they played through their songs, I could glance and see that the audience were bobbing their heads to the jams and most definitely picking up what LAYNE was putting down. They shifted to their next song, “Topical”. The band rocked out, and jammed feeling their good vibes as well as the audience. All eyes fixed on the band, they wrapped it up with their viral single, “Good”. This got the audience dancing, and left everyone shouting for an encore.
LAYNE, or better known as @laynesworld on social media, is a small, indie, pop-rock hybrid. Originally, the band was comprised of guitarist, singer and songwriter, Layne Putnam, and the band’s drummer, Alex Rosca. They have since expanded with a bassist and guitarist. LAYNE creates awesome music entirely their own, but for the new listeners, I’d say LAYNE is Halsey vocals with rock music like PVRIS, intertwined with synths and some electronic reverb. Often, their songs give me flashbacks of the 90s pop punk genre. I’d even go as far as comparing LAYNE to a Blink-182 / Death Cab For Cutie hybrid with female vocals. The band has only been local to LA for four years, and it’s just the beginning. I can’t wait to hear what they put out next, and personally, I’m thrilled I got to see them live before they blow up.
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Emilie Svensson is an LA local who directs movies, and online video content. She attends concerts often and writes about them occasionally.