When COIN lead singer/keyboardist Chase Lawrence was in the sixth grade, his musician father taught him four chords on the piano. Soon the younger Lawrence was rearranging the chords and learning songs he heard on the radio.
Now Lawrence is on the radio and thrilled that kids may be doing the same. With a new wave tinge to it, COIN plays its debut headlining show Wednesday, June 14, at the Crescent Ballroom. The show is sold out, which amazes Lawrence. The Nashville-based band is on tour in support of its second studio album How Will You Know If You Never Try. “Talk Too Much,” the lead singer, is COIN’s first song to chart on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.
“The making of the album was a combination of pushing ourselves and our emotions in different ways that we hadn’t prior,” Lawrence says.
“We experimented with new sounds and new genres. We did a lot of collaborating. At one point, we went away to a cabin in North Carolina. There was a lot of painstaking teeth pulling to pull out sounds.”
The retreat was cathartic, he adds.
“A lot of weird stuff came out of that,” he says. “A lot of good came out of that, too.”
For the album, COIN collaborated with producer Tim Pagnotta, previously of the band Sugarcult.
“He’s great,” Lawrence says. “He’s like our guy. He helped us to not overthink things too much. He told us to follow our instincts and do what we think is right first. He’s the master of that and that rubbed off on us.”
The musicians in COIN met as students at Belmont University in Nashville. Lawrence moved from his home state of West Virginia to attend the well-regarded university. The inspiration all came from his dad.
“I grew up in church,” he says. “My dad was a musician and songwriter. That made an impact on me. To go from that to playing our first sold-out show in Phoenix is very cool.”
COIN w/Arizona, Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, 602.716.2222, crescentphx.com, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, sold out.