The “COIN” sign lights up, the gravestone swirls with lights, the room goes black, and your heart is about to jump out of your chest. Seconds later, you’re yelling “I’m feeling you, can you feel it too” with the biggest smile, rapid jumping (that you’ll be doing the entire set), with Chase’s energy instantaneously overflowing the crowd.
When I saw Bad Suns last November in Orlando, Florida, I didn’t think I would be discovering one of my favorite bands. I remember saying to my friend during COIN’s set before Bad Suns went on, “Wait, they’re really good”. Here I am 7 months later, so unbelievably grateful for COIN and thinking about getting a “HWYKIYNT” tattoo.
May 12th and 13th were my fourth and fifth time seeing COIN in St. Petersburg and Orlando, Florida, and I swear, every time gets better; each one of their shows is a new experience, new atmosphere, with different people and memories. Just to give you an idea how beloved and popular COIN is now, both shows were sold-out with fans camping out overnight. This band isn’t just another indie pop band that’s famous for a couple of months and blends in with the hundreds of another alternative/indie pop bands; COIN and their music are so much more than that.
Listening to them instantly puts me in the most positive and elated mood, and brings me back to the amazing memories I have with them. Their confident stage presence is unlike any other band I’ve seen thus far; Chase’s energetic dance moves and head-banging makes you feel like you’re dancing right next to him. Due to COIN playing in small venues this tour, the band’s energy instantly fills the room with Chase is engaging with the crowd constantly, from holding your hand and singing lyrics in inch away from his face to him crowd-surfing on top of hundreds of fans.
It’s been a little over a month since COIN released their incredible sophomore album, “How Will You Know If You Never Try?”, and I catch myself singing this album or playing it by instinct in the car pretty much everyday. Hearing everyone in the crowd sing along to these new songs off the album like “Are We Alone?” or “Don’t Cry 2020” were definitely my favorite parts of the shows, but of course, hearing “Malibu 1992” with Chase’s relatable lyrics and soothing piano playing was so beautiful. With this album just being out for over a month, it has made a mark on so fans and myself, and I can’t wait to dance to this album for the rest of my life.
As if there’s anything that can make you love COIN even more is how grateful and appreciative they are of each and every one of their fans. Each show, they are starting to gather more and more fans and become a much bigger and well-known band, but they ALWAYS make it a priority to come out right after their show to meet and talk to every single person. I’ve met Chase three times and though there’s 40+ other girls wanting to talk and get a picture with him, he never rushes a conversation with you and makes you feel unimportant. Every time I’ve met Chase, we have a conversation and then tells me how grateful and appreciative he is for me and other fans like me.
For the Orlando show I went to on May 13th, Chase was meeting the owner behind the COINUPDATES account on twitter and I’ve genuinely never seen an artist thank someone so much and be so grateful and appreciative before; I don’t know if it was because I was really sleep deprived but I started to cry just listening to their conversation. Luckily, I got myself together when it was my turn to talk to Chase but then I cried after I met him; yes, I am one of those very emotional/extra fans.
However, for me, being a fan of a band, or artist is so much more than just liking their music. It’s how you relate to their music, how it impacts your life and changes you, and the incredible memories and the friends you’ve made because of a band. Being a fan of COIN has checked off all of those reasons and more for me, and I’m so grateful to have them in my life. Thinking back now to the five COIN shows I’ve had the pleasure of seeing, I’m instantly rushed with amazing memories of dancing with fans all share the same love, and truly being the happiest I’ve ever been.
Listen to COIN’s new album, “How Will You Know If You Never Try?” here
and while you’re at it, go ahead and listen to their first self-titled album here