There was a dance party on Friday night at the Subterranean in Chicago. The night was filled of good vibes and good music with a crowd that wasn’t afraid to welcome Flor, Colony House, and COIN in true Chicago fashion; dancing and singing along at the top of their lungs and never letting the energy drop, even between sets.
The first band of the night was Flor, and they started the dance party off strong. There have strong connections to the indie-alternative genre while putting their own spin on it. Flor’s music was laced with beautiful harmonies and a great use of vocal range that definitely showed control. Flor definitely commanded the attention of the room with their music and there was never a dull moment as guitar riffs and drumlines served as transitions, meaning the party on the dance floor never seemed to stop.
Colony House was the second band and they kept the party vibe going. Colony House’s music has an anthem like quality to it that is particularly endearing to an audience. There were smooth guitar rhythms and riffs that allow you to sway back and forth and just have a good time. There was a very strong and strategic use of bass in their music, it was used as a force to drive some of their songs but it was never overpowering. Through the use of the anthem like quality, there was this feeling of this set being the very beginning of your life. Every song was a little bit different, with different tempos and different focuses on the instruments, but they all sounded from the same collective artist.
The crowd was so pumped from the previous two bands that by the time that COIN came out, it completely hit a crescendo and it was truly beautiful to watch. The boys in the band started off their set by telling the crowd to jump, already insinuating that this was not going to be a lackluster set at all. The drumlines in their music were definitely pumped up and something that you can jump around to with your friends after a rough week and you just want to let go for a little while. There is a therapeutic quality to their music, kind of like a friend who’s always going to be there and tell you that things are going to be okay. COIN has a very different kind of pop sound that cannot really fit into any specific kind of box, and that is a fantastic thing. They are doing something different, that belongs to them. They have taken components from several genres: steady drum lines, harmonies, synths, smooth guitar riffs and rhythms, and created something all their own, something that is theirs and only theirs.
This show at the Subterranean was their first headlining show in Chicago and they definitely did not disappoint. Their album was released a little over three months ago and they recently played at Lollapalooza this summer in Grant Park, also located in Chicago. The audience seemed to be having a good time as they clapped and jumped around to the music. The vocals were raw and open and honest and allowed the audience to connect on a deeper level, it gave the audience a key, and allowed them to connect with the songs on a new level.