Coin enraptures the Dallas scene

Coin frontman Chase Lawrence (left) created a welcoming atmosphere for the audience as guitarist Joe Memmel (right) belted out the music. Photo Courtesy | Ashton Collins

Landon Williams | Staff Reporter

It’s only been seven short months since this Nashville-based, indie pop band has graced Dallas, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t changed.

Back in June 2017, Coin played a small show at Club Dada that had a capacity of 100 people. On March 2nd, Coin played a sold-out show at the Granada Theatre to over 1,000 screaming fans. It’s not hard to spot why this 10-fold increase in attendance happened because the band’s performances are spectacular.

Chase Lawrence may just be the most expressive frontman ever. His facial expressions and movements are that of a seasoned performer who feels and believes every word he’s saying. Throughout the show he would kneel to the ground, climb scaffolding, jump from the drum set, and interact with everything around him in expressive, theatrical ways.

The show opened up and presented the words “Welcome home” to the audience. That home-like attribute is the exact type of environment Coin strove to have throughout the night. Lawrence would say throughout the show welcoming words such as “We’re not from here, but it’s good to be home” and “If this isn’t home I don’t know what is.” This family reunion type of experience made for a great atmosphere and provided the crowd with a sense of worth.

The best moment in the show was the song Malibu 1992. Before the song started, the lights faded, and the sounds of cascading ocean waves filled the theatre. When Malibu 1992 came in, the LED screen behind the band illuminated the entire audience with a rich sunrise held in place over a restless ocean. Malibu 1992 was the most emotional part of the night, and you could tell that the crowd’s interaction was intimate with Lawrence. By the end of the song, both the crowd and Lawrence were in tears.

From the music itself to the dynamics of the performance, the entire show was marked by a mood of positivity. Lawrence would actively include the audience in what was happening, and they were just as much a part of the show as the band was. Right before the song, “Fingers Crossed,” many fans realized what song was about to be played and held up their fingers crossed in a sign of understanding. Chase Lawrence crossed his fingers as well right before the song came in, and it created a moment that the people will always remember.

It isn’t a few large differences that separate good shows from great shows, but a lot of little things. These little things can be as small as specific moments orchestrated to add value to each song. Coin did not disappoint, and it truly can be said that they gave a great performance full of moments the audience will never forget.