LIVE: COIN, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London (21/11/17)

COIN, London, 21/11/17 (photo: Tabetha Parrick)

Playing their first UK show as part of The Great Escape First Fifty, American indie band COIN prove that they are most certainly ones to watch.

After the release of their second album How Will You Know If You Never Try? earlier this year, the indie four-piece embarked on a lively tour across the US – but now they’ve ventured overseas for the first time ever. Tickets sold out quickly for the small show in Hoxton, some fans arriving hours before the event, desperate to get a good spot for this historic moment.

There was an undeniable atmosphere of anticipation and excitement before the show, only matched by the euphoria when the band came on stage – opening with electric song Feeling. They played songs mostly from their second album, with frontman Chase Lawrence exclaiming his amazement that their international fans already knew the words.

His strong presence on the stage was undeniable, alternating between dancing, playing the piano and interacting with the crowd. Similarly, bassist Zachary Dyke, guitarist Joe Memmel and drummer Ryan Winnen couldn’t be seen without smiles on their faces – it was hard to tell who was more excited to be there, the band or the crowd.

Highlights of the set included single I Don’t Wanna Dance where it became apparent that everyone did in fact want to dance. Additionally, emotional tune Don’t Cry 2020 stood out as one of those songs where you’re not sure if you should dance or cry – maybe both. However, the excitement in the crowd could not be compared to when fans heard the opening riff to lead single Talk Too Much. It was the first song put out from the new album, released over a year ago, and is the song that most people will recognise. With a catchy chorus and guitar riff, it is easy to lose yourself in the moment.

As well as bringing an electric show, the band gave much more to their fans, staying for hours after the show to take photos, sign setlists and to just have a general chat. Telling old band stories, answering questions, promising a headlining tour in 2018 – the band were equally happy to be there as fans were to wait for them.

COIN have laid down foundations for a successful career in the UK, and this date was a more than appropriate warm-up for their support slots with PVRIS on their current tour, playing iconic venues like the Brixton Academy on 30 November. It might not be long until they are headlining the place themselves.

Review & photos: Tabetha Parrick

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