TODAY the Nashville indie-rock trio, Coin, released their latest third studio album, “Dreamland” via AWAL Records! This is their first release since their 2017 album, “How Will You Know If You Never Try,” and the first since their bassist Zach Dyke left the band. (Album link)
Coin is currently made up of Chase Lawrence (lead vocals, synthesizers), Ryan Winnen (drums) and Joe Memmel (lead guitar, backing vocals). They formed in 2012 and have put out two EPs, “Saturdays” and “1992.” They subsequently gained mainstream attention in 2015 with the lead single “Run” from their self-titled debut album, which was produced by Jay Joyce. The group gained further success in 2016 with the lead single “Talk Too Much” from the band’s second studio album, How Will You Know If You Never Try, which was released in 2017.
Check out Coin’s latest single and video for “Into My Arms”-
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Learn more about Coin in the following All Access interview-
Happy New Year! When it comes to your music, what are you most excited about for 2020?
I think we would all agree that simply being able to share this album with anyone who is willing to listen may be the greatest gift of this year. We’ve spent a long time with the album & now others will be able to experience it in their own way.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Do you find that your band name still represents you and your music today?
I remember feeling inexplicably more “alive” the first time we played music together, for what it’s worth. I knew I liked Joe & Chase from first meeting them because they both lead with genuine kindness. Forming this type of bond at such a formative age (I think we were 19-20?) is an elusively complex feat. You’re young & you want to have fun & play music, but you don’t fully understand all that you’re consenting to when you choose to commit your life to it. That said, I can’t imagine doing it with anyone else. Best partners. “COIN IS COIN IS COIN” — we can’t help but be us.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group? If not, why is that?
Nashville quickly exposed that our musical intuition was not common there, at least when we formed the band. We wrote pop songs in a garage & played them with the intensity of a punk band—we were very loud. We were very interested in song craft, but might not have been the type of band people wanted to listen to. We tried everything in front of the Nashville community. We were young & finding our voice. That community eventually ended up embracing us for what we were doing, instead of trying to fit us into one of the other available musical molds. Living in Nashville taught us how to write good songs & find the right words.
Let’s talk about your brand new album, “Dreamland.” Did anything about the process of putting it together surprise any of you?
Everything about the process surprised us. Nothing ever seemed to go as planned, which is what made Dreamland the beautiful collage that it is. When I listen to this album, two words scream at me – patience and perseverance.
How would you say that your latest single, “Let It All Out” prepares listeners for the rest of the collection?
This song is Chases heart in its purest form. We all tried to be direct and honest with the way that we sculpted lyrics. Listening to this song is like reading the last chapter of a book before you’ve started. You know the pinnacle of all of the feelings. Now go back to the beginning and really get to know us.
What was it like going into the studio to record the songs on this album? Can you pick out a couple favorite memories during this process?
Well, first off, we didn’t use any studios for this album. Everything was captured at its origin. I think that because it was recorded this way, there were SO many memories that I’ll never forget. I’m smiling right now thinking about it.
Can you talk about the inspiration behind some of the songs on this collection?
All of these songs were directly inspired by the uncertainty surrounding us as individuals – in every aspect. This album taught us to embrace, enjoy, and accept the uncertainty.
Generally, how does this group go about writing your music? Do you write together or separately? What is the first step in your music-making process?
Dreamland was a very collaborative experience. We were together a lot, but we also all moved away from Nashville and were creating separately. This duality of togetherness and time & space apart made this album what it is.
I always like to ask bands if you all hang out socially apart from the music? When you aren’t working on music, do you guys hang out for fun?
When we are in the same city, yes! At this point in my life, it’s hard to feel comfortable around anybody else. It’s easy. We all enjoy doing the same things, and even though our personalities are so different, I think that we balance each other out. Someone start a reality tv show about coin, I dare you.
How do you feel that this band has grown through the years? What has remained the same?
We started this band when we were children without any expectation. It quickly took over our lives, and then we grew up. I’d say everything has changed, from our outlook on life to the expectations we have for each other and this band. At the same time, we are still Chase, Ryan and Joe. Just better versions of ourselves. 🙂
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
I’d have to say that depends on our moods (haha). After a full year of shows, I think anyone would be ready to escape and go back to a remote recording situation. On the contrary, being cooped up in a creative space for a long period of time will make you want to travel and explore. We all enjoy both, I think there is just a balance to be had. Music is music, whether that be creating something in a studio or creating a different experience every night with lovely people who have come to share the experience with us.
What do you think makes for an ideal show for this band? What have been some of your favorite shows and venues lately?
An ideal show for Coin is to be sharing love with all of the people who have joined us. We want to create a safe space for people to “get away” for a moment in time, yet be completely aware of reality. It’s not just about the music, it’s about the community the supporters continue to create. Also, always love playing old historic venues!
Where are you excited to head to this year? Do you have any 2020 dates scheduled yet?
We’ve never played in mainland Europe, and that is in our foreseeable future! Aside from that, we are just excited to go back to all of the places we’ve been and to share Dreamland with all of the familiar faces!
With all the different social media platforms out there, how do you balance it all? How do you think that social media has impacted this band? How often are you all on your different sites interacting with fans? How have you been able to utilize it through the years?
As much as social media can be a vice for anyone, it has helped this band exponentially. We love to express ourselves visually. Hopefully, it’s also an inspiration for others to create as well.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how you all think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today?
We are so lucky to be in a position where we can see humans as just that – humans. I am overflowed with joy & hope, seeing beautiful people gather together promoting love & acceptance. We keep our joy because we so clearly see humanity through it all.
What musicians have really been inspiring you all since you first started making music? Who would you still love to work with?
To be honest, I haven’t thought much about this recently. I’ve been trying to *not* idolize things or people. In this, I have truly found fulfillment in making music with the people that I feel most connected with. Making music with your friends is fun.
With that said, tell Bong Joon-ho that we would totally make the music for his next film.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
We want “Dreamland” to make people feel like they can be honest with themselves and others. We hope this album will bring acceptance to uncertainty.