By: Jennifer Hewitt/ Photos By: Jennie Walker
A brave audience faced pouring rain at Maine State Pavilion Thursday night. Although gray skies continuously clouded the open air venue, performers and attendees alike brought vibrant color as COIN opened for Fitz and the Tantrums and Young The Giant in a double-billed rain or shine show. The former rock quarry became a sea of primary colored rain jackets, boots, and ponchos.
COIN took to the waterlogged stage at 6 and played a quick but bold eight song set. Opening with “Growing Pains” “Simple Romance” and “Boyfriend,” the band faced a learning curve when it came to playing in the driving rain. The four piece group acknowledged those who had braved the storm and built on their energy throughout the performance, setting the tone for the entire night. By the time they reached their recently released “Crash My Car,” lead singer Chase Lawrence embraced the deluge, shaking out his hair and playfully tossing the ever necessary towels across the stage. The song’s anthem-like chorus took on a rueful tone as it was shouted in spite of the dreary setting.
COIN brought an infectious warmth to the admittedly chilled crowd through their danceable singles from their upcoming third album: “Cemetery” and “I Want It All.” Although many in the crowd were unfamiliar with songs outside of the widely popular “Talk Too Much”, Lawrence put in work to engage with the audience. Wringing out his waterlogged sweater, he danced across the front of the stage and even jumped down with fans at the front of the pit.
Closing out with the irresistibly engaging “Fingers Crossed” from their 2015 self-titled album, the band’s three members (Lawrence, guitarist Joe Memmel, and drummer Ryan Winnen) and their touring bassist Matt Martin gathered around Winnen’s kit for a playful and powerful end.
The night continued with Fitz and the Tantrums who played hits like “HandClap” “Out of My League” and “Fools Gold,” and debuted their newest single “123456.” Finally, the rain let up to allow Young the Giant to take the stage and close out the show. Although it was their first time in Portland, the brave and engaged crowd should ensure a return from COIN in the future.