by Anamika Gautam
Last Friday, after successfully avoiding us for almost two years, the boys in COIN finally made it back up to Cleveland to play a show at the Grog Shop. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, COIN has built up an impressive reputation on Sirius XM’s Alt 18 countdown with their singles “Run” and more recently, “Talk Too Much”. Having toured with the likes of Passion Pit, Walk the Moon, Bad Suns, and The 1975, COIN knows their way about putting on a show, and they most definitely showed their talent on Friday night.
Always packing a punch with their high-energy sets, COIN began the night with their newly released single, “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” before leading into “Atlas” and then, fan favorite “Time Machine”. With a sold out crowd singing along to nearly every word, lead singer Chase Lawrence jokingly asked, “Who even are you people?” The aura was nothing short of pure positivity as Chase, Zach Dyke (bass), Joe Memmel (guitar) and Cleveland’s very own Ryan Winnen (drums) lit up the room with their synth-heavy, feel-good tunes.
COIN played several unreleased tracks from their upcoming album, such as “Don’t Cry 2020”, “Boyfriend”, and “Feeling”. If these few songs offer a glimpse into how good the new record is going to be as a whole, I already know that it’ll be the soundtrack of my summer.
After dropping hints on their social medias, including the announcement of a spring tour called the “HWYKIYNT Tour” (How Will You Know If You Never Try?), it’s safe to say that the sophomore album will soon be in our hands. Until then, however, hearing the songs live will have to suffice – and I’m totally okay with that, considering how mesmerizing of a show COIN puts on.
By the end of the night, the entire crowd was exhausted from dancing along throughout the entire set. The excitement and joy that the band felt radiated throughout the room – you could literally see through their smiles how committed they are to playing their music, and having a good time while doing so. It was a long wait to see them again in Cleveland, but it was well worth it.
Be sure to check out their new song, “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, and see if they’re coming to a city near you! This is a show you don’t want to miss out on. COIN might not want to dance, but when you see them live, you surely do.