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Nashville’s history is one that’s forever been tied to country music, but over the years, the city has seen a major sonic shift. Rather than being known exclusively for Dolly Parton and Tim McGraw types, these days you don’t have to look far to discover to bands of every genre imaginable. And, there’s no better — or sweeter-sounding — proof of this than COIN, the latest breakout group who calls Tennessee home. Chase Lawrence (synth/vocals), Joe Memmel (guitar/vocals) and Zachary Dyke (bass) all met as students at Belmont University a few years ago. After linking up with fellow Nashvillian Ryan Winnen (drums), it didn’t take long for them to bottle up their polished pop sound into COIN. As Lawrence told us over the phone last week, “You hear stories about how bands usually have to work with so many different people in order to get it right, but this was literally our first project. It’s pretty rare that so many people roll with the first thing they find.” These guys knew they were onto something, and they ran with it.
After building buzz online with tracks such as their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ’70s hit “Cecilia,” and the clap-happy single“It’s Okay,” COIN signed with Columbia Records and went to work on their first full-length LP. They teamed up with the Grammy-nominated producer Jay Joyce (an experience which Lawrence described as “humbling”), taking their synth-driven pop sound to the next irresistible level. Peppered with hints of Vampire Weekend’s breeziness, Fun’s boundless energy, and the danceable vibe of Passion Pit, COIN is primed for arena-level success. But, as Lawrence put it, these guys just want to have fun. “We love playing live shows so much, and we hope the crowd has fun, too. But at the same time, we can’t guarantee that we’ll notice either way, because we’re having so much fun onstage!” With a sound like theirs, we don’t blame them one bit.
Pre-order COIN’s self-titled album (out June 9th) here.