COIN and Tessa Violet | 9:30 Club | 2.8.19

Ryan Bowman

COIN embarked on their first tour of 2019 which sadly did not include a Philadelphia date, so I took a drive down to the legendary 9:30 Club in D.C. to check out their show. The Nashville, TN natives saw themselves become household names in the alternative/indie scene after their hit singles, “Talk Too Much,” and “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” took over the alternative charts for weeks in 2016 and 2017. They recently released a few singles over the past few months in anticipation for their third album set to be released this spring.

Tessa Violet, the YouTuber-turned-musician, opened the show to an already packed house. She has toured in the past but this outing with Coin will likely be the biggest of her musical career, spanning across the U.S. and some cities in Canada. Her first single, “Crush,” from her record Bad Ideas received widespread popularity and made her a common name on the indie airwaves. Her feel-good pop beats with her inspirational and heartfelt lyrics proved an excellent combination as the crowd showed their appreciation for her energy on stage. Her set flowed beautifully from one song to the next, culminating in her biggest hit, “Crush.”

After a brief intermission the lights dimmed and the crowd roared in anticipation. The band is currently made up of Chase Lawrence, Ryan Winnen, and Joe Memmel – former bassist Zach Dyke left the band at the end of 2018 to focus on production and engineering. The band took the stage and jumped into “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” the upbeat that quite literally makes you want to jump up and down and dance. They powered through their long setlist, making each song sound special and perfectly crafted. Their set included their most recent singles as well as a new unreleased song titled “Crash My Car.” The crowd screamed the lyrics back at them, jumped around, and even moshed for a few songs. Their finale included “Talk Too Much,” and they ended the show with “Fingers Crossed,” which in my opinion is their best song to finish with.

Check out some pictures from the show below:

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