With infectious melodies, lush textures and head-bobbing beats, the Nashville indie-pop quartet COIN has a bright future.
Residing in the space between obscurity and stardom, COIN is the type of band that is fun to interview because you get a closer look at a group that could become the next big radio icon.
The group - vocalist Chase Lawrence, drummer Ryan Winnen, guitarist Joe Memmel and bassist Zachary Dyke - has a sound as big and as ear grabbing as bands like Walk the Moon and The 1975.
With a local show scheduled for Feb. 22 at Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), Lawrence took time to discuss the band's future, the secrets to success and navigating a treacherous and tricky musical market.
Question: With the release of your new single, “Talk Too Much,” do you all feel like you’re on the cusp of something? What does being at that place feel like?
Answer: It’s exciting for sure. It almost feels like we’re moving in slow motion. We’ve been doing this for four years now, and the last time we played in Buffalo we played for about five people. So now, it definitely feels right.
Q: When you’re writing, what sorts of feelings and places are you drawing from?
A: We co-wrote a lot on this album. Me and the guitarist spent a lot of time in L.A. writing, and we also spent some time up in the mountains. Three fourths of the band went through breakups while we were making this album, so I drew from their heartache a little bit. My fear of getting older is also reflected in the lyrics. They reflect a lot of changes we’ve been going through as a band.
Q: After the release of your first album, what were the most important lessons you learned?
A: To be kind to everyone. Just because someone isn’t successful, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be treated any worse or any better. You never know who someone will become down the line.
Q: In your own personal strategy for success, what are the ingredients and avenues that you really wanted to utilize to your advantage?
A: Social media and streaming came pretty organically to us, but they weren’t the first things on our minds. I think all that stuff falls in place when the right people hear your songs. We don’t write the music for our audience, we write it for us. And the listeners find the platforms.
Q: Do you think that the modern radio market is oversaturated with a similar sound? Does that make you pursue other tactics in getting your music out?
A: Our album is very diverse and isn’t tied to one sound. But I will agree that the radio market is sort of oversaturated with that sort of indie-pop sound. I think alternative radio is too broad. You can hear hip-hop on the same channel where you hear The Killers. It’s in an interesting state. But Spotify, Pandora and social media are very important to us.
Q: When you first started playing together, what was it about the style of music you play that made you choose it?
A: I saw Walk the Moon in high school, and I saw them play in front of 100 people and I went home and was enamored with the energy from that night. I took that experience to college with me.
Three weeks in, I met the rest of the band and I played them a song with an indie-rock feel, and they took it in a new direction that I hadn’t thought about. It was me trying to impersonate that indie-pop sound, and the band added so much more.
Q: Do you think the end goals for a lot of bands coming up today have changed from decades past?
A: Yes I do. I blame increasing globalization and social media for that. Artists are finding new markets that they couldn’t have before. It’s cool we can do what comes naturally to us and not compromise too much. We can rely less on radio and TV now. Our goal and other bands we’re friends with, we’re just happy to have an audience.
When: 6:30 p.m. (doors) Feb. 22
Where: Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave.
Tickets: $12-$15 (ticketfly.com)