COIN at Paradise Rock Club

COIN at Paradise Rock Club

Written by Alexa Portigal


Paradise Rock Club was jam packed the night of Feb. 13 with moms and daughters alike trying to sneak their way up to the stage to catch a glimpse of COIN, or at least frontman Chase Lawrence. This four-man ensemble just began their 2018 North American Tour, jetting across the country since Feb. 1 with their first show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. COIN’s stop in Boston will be followed by a quick three-day break, and then off to Toronto, Canada for a show on Feb. 16.

Lawrence, who sings lead vocals, was joined by backup vocalist Joe Memmel, bass guitarist Zachary Dyke and drummer Ryan Winner, as they immediately hit the stage with a bang, rocking out to their 2018 hit song, “Growing Pains.”

This Indie-pop/rock band originates from Nashville, Tennessee, but country music is the furthest thing from their sound. The effortlessly messy style and their boyish looks commanded the room, exuding confidence by them playing like no one was watching.

“Here we are trying our best in Boston, Massachusetts,” Lawrence shouted after playing “Run,” a throwback song featured on their 2015 album. Amidst the drums and electric guitars on stage, the focalpoint was the use of a synthesizer, standing by Lawrence’s side the entirety of the concert. It elevated the vocals of the band, as well as created beats and looped sounds together that helped the show transition from one song to the next.

Although they weren’t very talkative on stage, they didn’t need words to connect to the audience. Their high energy spoke to the crowd and made fans feel more connected to the music. There was never a moment where a band member wasn’t swaying or vibing. Lawrence never kept his feet on the ground for long, bouncing and head-banging around the stage as if it were a heavy metal concert. He climbed on box speakers, grabbed fans posters, and furiously whipped his hair around while creating new beats.

The graphics were mixed between ombré hues and video clips, but never over-stimulated the audience. Rainbow lights flashed during “Time Machine,” while elementary school yearbook photos went on display during “Growing Pains.”

Moments of vulnerability and gratitude shone through throughout the night. The band halted in the middle of “I would,” expressing nostalgia for their musical journey. “We opened for a band here two years ago, thank you so much Boston.” And before playing “Views,” which Lawrence expressed was a song about love, they took a moment to thank the crowd. “We’ve been gone from Boston for eight months, so thanks for remembering us.”

The Aces, a four-women alternative rock band from Utah, opened for COIN and shone just as brightly. Cristal Ramirez, vocalist and guitar player, moved about the stage dancing and hair-flipping, her energy infectious. The song “Volcanic Love” was a huge hit among the crowd, with epic guitar riffs and powerful belting,met with clapping and dancing from the audience.

They tested out some new songs on the audience, as their new record is set to come out April 6 . They are officially on tour with COIN, but get the chance to make a few guest appearances with Hippo Campus on Feb. 14, and X Ambassadors in late April. They are also booked to play at Firefly Music Festival in June.

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