Excitement has been brewing for Nashville-based band COIN — Chase Lawrence (vocals/keys), Joe Memmel (guitar/vocals), Ryan Winnen (drums) and Zach Dyke (bass) — since their 2015 single, “Run.” Their debut self-titled album, produced by Grammy-winning producer Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Sleeper Agent), was released in the summer of 2015 and established COIN as a band bred for widespread acceptance.
Chase and Joe first crossed paths at Nashville’s Belmont University, where they sat next to each other in a music theory class. Soon after the two decided to try writing music together, Ryan and Zach were introduced to them through mutual friends. The band then decided that they needed recorded music in order for promoters to book them to play live, so they recorded four songs at their school and released them for free on the internet. When they started playing local shows around Nashville, COIN quickly attracted a highly enthusiastic and loyal live following.
The group has since toured non-stop with acts such as Walk The Moon, Passion Pit, Young the Giant, Neon Trees and others, perfecting their sound and energetic live performance. Billboard hailed them as “new wave crash-course survivors,” destined to “break the Nashville mold.” SPIN, NYLON, and Stereogum praised them as up-and-comers to watch, as 2015’s “Run” became a heavy rotation pillar on Sirius XM radio’s Alt Nation, (the 5th most spun song of the year for the popular radio platform). Snapchat included them in their Best Of The Year artists list, and The Atlantic cited them as one of their 21 bands to check out. The band has also played memorable slots at summer music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Shaky Knees, and Firefly that have created unrelenting anticipation for their sophomore album, which they are currently working diligently on in Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York in between tour dates.
In May 2016, COIN released a well-received (and quickly growing) preview of their second album with an infectious new single called “Talk Too Much,” which Chase has described as an impromptu change of pace from intensive touring: “The song came out easier than any song I’ve ever written. We had just come off of a two-month tour and we wanted to slow it down to the likes of ’80s new wave. It’s a song about my inability to leave things unsaid.” The track has struck a resounding chord with both pop and alternative fans alike due to its presence on a multitude of Spotify playlists, the continued support of Alt Nation and FM stations across the country.
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