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COIN + The Aces @ The Biltmore Cabaret – March 13th 2018

Chase Lawrence of COIN at The Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, BC on March 13th 2018

American indie pop band COIN brought their “How Will You Know If You Never Try” tour to the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver this week.

Opening the show was Utah-native electro blended indie pop outfit The Aces.

Their set was fun and free-spirited. They had the audience dancing and many of them were singing along, which was fantastic to see for such a new band.

I really enjoyed their energy. They were each so clearly happy to be performing, the smiles were abundant. Though their set was short, they made an impact. The moment they played “Volcanic Love” from their upcoming debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic’ due out on April 6th, the audience took it to another level. It was a full-fledged dance party, and everyone was invited.

COIN took the stage after a brief intermission and carried on with that exciting, contagious energy.

This was the first time I had seen a band with a full LED screen as a backdrop at this tiny little bar.

The band was larger than this venue.

Clearly, COIN must have been playing larger shows in other cities, so it felt quite humbling to see them at such an intimate location.

The group, much like the openers, is just plain fun. They bring a catchy and engaging performance that sweeps you away.

I found myself tapping my feet and bobbing my head with the beat, humming words I didn’t even know to songs I barely had heard before.

The lead singer, Chase Lawrence, is a commanding force. He worked hard to earn every fan in that crowd. Dancing incessantly and using every bit of the tiny stage he could reach.

My favourite point of the night was when they performed “Finger Crossed” from their 2015 self-titled EP.

Here is the official stream of the song from their Youtube page.

I went into this show with little knowledge of the band. I had heard a few of their songs and recognised their brand of pop as something I enjoyed. When I left, I found myself searching fr their discography in the car on my phone. They had worked hard and earned my respect and admiration, and, because of that, I was now in the early stages of fandom.

COIN is one of those hypnotic music makers that can build catchy hooks around relevant lyrics.

Thank you to both bands for such a great night out.

Come back soon, Vancouver needs more of the both of you.

Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography

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