COIN, a Nashville based quartet composed of keyboardist/vocalist Chase Lawrence, guitarist Joe Memmel, bassist Zachary Dyke, and drummer Ryan Winnen, is poised to take the indie alternative pop market by storm.
Having recently become labelmates to Foster the People, they released a self titled EP in February that’s both thoughtful without being pretentiously deep and pop without being too mainstream- and one hundred percent perfect for spring tour dates with Passion Pit.
“Run” meshes retro beach vibes and modern influences to make a optimistic, danceable track. It’s like early Young the Giant meets Cayucas meets Smallpools, but with a heavier dosage of lively pop. The keys throughout the song make it whimsical and lyrically, it plays off of a similar theme as that of the second track, “Fingers Crossed.” It’s sure to live in every playlist I make on the way to the beach this summer and it’s so infectious I’d be shocked not to see it pop up on more radio stations soon enough.
Neon Trees is the most similar sound that comes to mind when “Fingers Crossed” starts playing. It’s got huge amounts of potential for a commercial placement- I feel like I’m hearing “Animal” on Carnival cruise commercials for the first time all over again. The lyrics talk of unrequited crushes and hope for the person of affection to see what’s going on, and maybe react the way that the writer wants- all with Lawrence’s expansive vocal range hitting every note without fail.
“Better” seems to be about finding solace in a relationship (platonic or otherwise.) Meanwhile, you’re figuring out how to cope with bad habits, learn to accept bad choices and their consequences, but also keep eyes locked on the light at the end of the tunnel. COIN has a Grouplove-esque quality where they can take negative topics and put a positive spin on them so that when the lyrics hit, the music soothes any soreness.
What I like best about this EP is the flow. Each song leads into and out of one another perfectly so it could be absently played in the background of a drive, and it’d be an hour before anyone realized they’d listened to the same songs for that long. COIN show a lot of promise and I’d absolutely anticipate seeing them playing a main stage at festivals in the next couple of years once they’ve built up a solid fanbase.