COIN’s new album “How Will You Know if You Never Try” has the perfect name. While making the record, the Nashville band worked with two producers, produced some of the songs themselves, and co-wrote with a ton of different alternative and pop writers. Maybe they didn’t try everything while working on the new album, but they certainly weren’t afraid to try new things.
“Two songs were produced by Andrew Maury in New York, four songs were produced by Tim Pagnotta in L.A., and then five songs were produced by the band in Nashville,” explained COIN vocalist Chase Lawrence talking with Alternative Addiction. "We recorded those songs in Nashville and Andrew helped us clean them up. In a way, Andrew plays a part in the whole album.”
“With the songs we recorded in New York, you can hear that they’re colder and glitchier,” explained Lawrence on the difference between the songs recorded in the various settings. “The New York songs were recorded in the winter and you can really hear that help shape those songs. The songs we recorded with Tim in L.A. have a California/summery vibe to them that’s inescapable. The other songs we recorded by ourselves in Nashville have a comfort to them.”
“I think people should be able to go through and listen to which songs were recorded where without knowing. They were shaped by where they were recorded.”
With the band producing a little less than half of the album, it’s worth wondering why they didn’t save some money and just produce the entire record themselves. Turns out, producers are good at teaching new tips and tricks to bands, but they’re also good at settling creative feuds.
“We’re really good at working with each other and capitalizing on each other’s strengths and weaknesses, but sometimes you need a mediator, that person that has the overall foresight and vision to make the objective decisions that the band can’t make. We got into a couple of spots like that when we were doing stuff on our own. It was never too difficult but there were a couple of times where this committee environment was created. It’s those times where we would have definitely benefited from a producer,” added the COIN frontman.
So, if they need a producer to settle some arguments, how did they settle the arguments when they didn’t have an extra person in the studio? In the interview, Lawrence was asked about who the biggest pain is/was in the studio and how they’re able to resolve the differences they have when there’s not a producer in the studio to help them.
“We all take turns in that role. We all take turns being bore-headed about things we’re being passionate about. Sometimes it’s a tough pill to swallow but sometimes it’s something as dumb as me singing a word twice and I’ll have a meltdown. We’re all stubborn about certain things but we all come around to somebody else’s opinion in the end and we end up working towards the betterment of the song eventually.”
Whether they worked with a producer or whether they produced the songs by themselves, COIN’s work on “How Will You Know If You Never Try” turned out terrific. The music that they’ve released in the past is great, but this new album is head and shoulders above the quality that their last record was. Talking with Chase, he described what he thinks is the difference between the new album and their first release.
“With the first album, it was kind of a collection of songs that we had written to date. We wrote those songs in college. I didn’t consider it as much of an album as much as 10 songs that we were happy with. With this album, we sought out to write the best possible songs and really craft them together as an album. Joseph and I went to California for 3 months and co-wrote with a lot of people – a lot of pop writers and a lot of alternative writers. It didn’t always work the way we had hoped, but out of those writes we found out what we wanted and what we didn’t want. We wrote about 100 songs for this album and narrowed it down to 20 ideas that we really wanted to pursue and then that obviously got down to 11. Going into this album we wanted to spend more time discovering. We wanted to discover some sonic things we wanted to try and we wanted to discover the songs themselves. Listening through it now, and looking back at everything, we’re really proud of what we have.”
With all the writing that they did for the album, Lawrence also talked about some of the writers that they meshed well with from the co-writing world.
“We wrote with Tim Pagnotta and we loved writing with him. Then we wrote with Emily Warren, and she’s great. She doesn’t write with a lot of bands. We went in blind not knowing what to think and she became our writing soul mate. She was responsible for shaping a lot of lyrical content on the album. Whether she was directly involved in the song or not, her mindset influenced Joe and I a lot. We wrote with Teddy Geiger, who was awesome as well.”
One of their co-writing sessions brought about the band’s most recent single, and one of our favorite songs of 2017 in “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, what we describe as the awkward guy’s theme song.
“That’s pretty much what it is”, laughed Lawrence. “We wrote that one with Teddy Geiger and Emily Warren. We brought the idea as a joke. We didn’t think it was going to turn into anything. It was such a weird vibe in the session that day, it was a strange day. I was talking with our manager and letting him listen to what we were doing that day, and he heard it and put in his input. He said that the song was uniquely us and he pushed us to pursue it.
As COIN is a band that’s currently out on their own headlining tour, it’s fun to look back and figure out how the band started. They started thinking they would just play one show and that would be it. Talking with Chase about their horrible first show, he remembered it fondly.
“It was late 2012, we basically got an offer to play a warehouse, but really it was a basketball gym. We were the first band and they were giving us 15 minutes to play. The whole premise of COIN was just to play one show. There were only like 40 people there. I remember ending the show after our time was up and I remember thinking that it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. Then, this guy walks up to us and told us he booked a lot of clubs in Nashville and asks us if he wants to work with him. That show led to our first club show, which I consider really our first real show. Playing 15 minutes in a basketball gym in front of no one was strange. It’s crazy that in a way, that led to all this”
COIN’s new album “How Will You Know If You Never Try” is out and available now. Give it a listen on Spotify and other digital retailers -aa