Personnel: Joseph Memmel (vocals, guitar); Chase Lawrence (vocals, keyboards); Ryan Winnen (drums).
Recording information: St. Charles, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Christopher Morley.
COIN may borrow a font from Vampire Weekend for their eponymous 2015 debut -- VW themselves borrow that font from Wes Anderson, but who's keeping track? -- but the first riffs heard on COIN suggest the precision-tuned new wave revival of the Strokes, spiked with a bit of '80s synths the New York City rockers never would've put on an album, not even Angles. No matter how much this Nashville quartet claims to be a "product of the '90s," what COIN evoke on their debut is the rock & roll revival of the 2000s -- mainly the Strokes, due both to those angled guitar riffs and Chase Lawrence's disaffected vocal, but also the Killers, due largely to the big swathes of synths layered across the record. It's retro-rock performed by a band with no real idea of where history ends and the present begins, and that's what's fun about it, too: they're reverential to the idea of classic rock -- the idea of a rock band more than the radio format -- and appreciate big, sugary hooks, twin fascinations that combine into a record that's fizzy and fun when it's meant to be earnest and sincere in its good times. At ten songs and 35 minutes, COIN is brief in the fashion of any classic LP but that also feels like a coincidence, a happy accident from a band raised in an era when everything old is always new and nothing ever goes away. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine