COIN put on an electrifying show last Sunday at the Majestic to an enthusiastic crowd comprised of both college students and community members. The Nashville indie pop quartet, who put out their sophomore effort How Will You Know If You Never Try? this past April, took the stage with the confidence and energy of a band ascending the ladder to stardom.
Opening with “Hannah,” a groovy, mid-tempo love song with propulsive drums and floating guitar lines, the band did a great job of capturing the audience’s attention. Dozens of hands were immediately thrown up towards the front of the stage as the band’s catchy hooks and dance-oriented rhythms infected the crowd.
The band continued to tear through their catalogue, playing nearly every song from their latest release as well as a plethora of songs off their 2015 self-titled debut. Whether old or new, each song elicited an ecstatic response from the fans, many of whom knew the words to every song and weren’t afraid to belt them out at the top of their lungs. Indeed, the atmosphere at the Majestic that night was one of excitement and togetherness.
Lead singer Chase Lawrence, ever the charismatic front man, swaggered across the stage with his microphone in one hand while accepting gifts presented to him by die-hard fans with the other. With the rest of the band providing a rock-steady foundation for him, it was clear that he took it upon himself to play the showman and give COIN’s fans as memorable of an experience as possible.
“Madison, Wisconsin,” he said after the band had finished “Atlas,” the rollicking opener off their first album, “This is our first time playing here, but after tonight, I think I want to come back.”
The band seemed to have a penchant for transitioning into jams towards the end of their performances, with nearly each song starting off as a crisp, light pop-rock tune that would gradually become more distorted. Chief among these was their closer, “Fingers Crossed.” By the end of the song, the volume levels reached astonishing levels.
The only glaring omission with regards to the setlist was “Run,” the hit single off their first album, which served as their foot-in-the-door to the alternative music scene. Though this would-be highlight was sorely missed, the band more than made up for it, with Lawrence managing to entertain the crowd while the rest of the band maintained their cohesiveness as an instrumental unit.