On March 3, the Scoot Inn was filled with music by Nashville locals COIN. On the road for their North American tour, the indie-pop band performed tracks off their newest album, “How Will You Know If You’ve Never Try.”
Story by Savannah Olson
Photos by Jonathan Castro
After a day of gloomy skies, the sun came out to shine for indie-pop band COIN and their opener The Aces at the Scoot Inn. Among a sea of twenty-somethings and teens, the crowd passed the intervals of time before the show singing along to Troye Sivan, Craft Spells and Outkast. Finally, as the clock struck 7:30 p.m., The Aces danced onstage to start the show.
Hailing from Utah, the all-female quartet of indie-pop band stoked the flames for COIN with their opening performance. Joining COIN on their first full North American tour, The Aces played a well-blended mix of songs from their debut extended play, “I Don’t Like Being Honest,” and their upcoming full-length album, “When My Heart Felt Volcanic,” which will be released on April 6. Mowing together frenetic energy and Crystal Ramirez’s dreamy lead vocals, The Aces kept the audience on their toes until the arrival of COIN.
In a flit of flashing lights, COIN opened the night with their freshest single, “Growing Pains.” Masquerading as an exploding indie-pop song, the lyrics of “Growing Pains” depict the woes of dating in a series of guitar riffs by crashing drums.
Following the theme of the song, childhood photos of each band member flashed on-screen before disappearing in a burst of light. With their visuals, COIN illustrated the fleetingness of childhood. One moment you are carefree and the next you are busy paying bills. Yet, COIN’s performance relented against this idea. Giving the energy of a hyperactive child, the band shredded their guitars and had the audience shouting the lyrics along with lead vocalist and synthesizer Chase Lawrence.
Much of COIN’s minimalist-style performance was about having fun in the moment. Even with visuals popping up on the screen behind them, the images remained simplistic and conveyed the emotional atmosphere of each song. As the band played their yearning ballad, “Heart Eyes,” one phrase drifted onto the screen. “You’re fading away,” read the hazy words, before disappearing. As it faded away, the girl in the song was understood to be withering, both from her romance with the narrator and the world as a whole.
As the end of the show came near, COIN continued to keep the electricity in their performance. After the crowd jumped in unison during their hit song “Talk Too Much,” COIN looked at the crowd of sweaty concert-goers and professed their love. “Austin, I’m in love with you. I don’t know what else to say,” said Lawrence. Hoots and hollers were thrown in the band’s direction as the audience responded with their own show of mutual adoration.
The last thing to do, of course, was to crowdsurf. On the final song of the night, “Feeling,” Lawrence crawled into the hands of the crowd in an explosion of goodbyes. After making it back to the stage, the cymbals of the drums crashed together and the band waved farewell to the energized audience. Even with mud crusting on everyone’s shoes, COIN left behind a buzzing audience ready to see them again, rain or shine.