Initially formed in 2012, the band Coin (often stylized COIN) has grown to release 2 full albums and several singles. Since the release of their latest LP, the group has been selling out shows in medium-sized venues across America, and even spent some time playing in the UK. Considering the fact that their first real album came out in 2015, the band has experienced fairly rapid success. Where did they come from and where are they going? Here's a fan's perspective on it all.
COIN started the way a lot of groups do—as college kids. Each of the four members were students at Belmont University, where they met in 2012 and tentatively began writing music together. After a few years of recording singles and releasing them for free online and playing live shows in and around Nashville, they released two EPs in 2012 and 2013, respectively called Saturdays and 1992. Some of the singles released prior to these albums as well as some of the songs on the EPs would later appear on the band's official albums as apart of their official discography.
In early 2015, the group released the first single from their first album, the song "Run." This song was really what kickstarted the band's popularity, as it got excessive play on the Alt Nation radio station as well as critical acclaim. After the release of their self-titled album that summer, the band's fans and followers steadily increased.
In May of 2016, COIN released their first single from their second album, the song "Talk Too Much." This piece is still their most-streamed song across several platforms including Spotify and Apple Music. The song was a relatively big hit for them, and was a definite contender for "song of the summer." With this new song, the group's popularity stayed on the rise up until February of 2017 when they released another single. Fans soon went crazy in March when the band released that they would be dropping their second studio album, How Will You Know If You Never Try, which was released on April 21, 2017.
Since the new album came out, the band has been almost exclusively on tour. At this point, they're about to begin their third round of touring, so it's probably safe to say that they've been finding success with their live shows. In fact, they've consistently sold out shows across the country, including in California, Arizona, Utah, and more. They've reached upwards of 26,000 followers on Twitter, and even more than that on Instagram, and fans have already dedicated entire accounts to their love of the group.
So, is COIN going to be your new favorite band? Here's what you need to know:
Start out by listening to "Talk Too Much." The song was a massive hit for a reason—it's insanely good. It's a happy, sweet, fun song that is nearly impossible to stand still during. If you like what you hear, I would listen to "Run," and then continue through the rest of their second album, HWYKIYNT.
If you're more of a slow jams kind of person, listen to "Malibu 1992" first. It's a poignant and beautiful song that was featured in their early EPs, then re-recorded for HWYKIYNT. Fans of softer stuff would also enjoy "Heart Eyes."
If you're still not convinced, go see them live! They're still a small enough band that tickets are generally less than $25 for a show. The band's chemistry is unmatched, and their energy is some of the best I've encountered in concert. They're on the rise as we speak, so I would go see them now while you still have the chance to party with them in a smaller general-admission style venue.