COEDS, the band you wish played all of your high school dances, is returning from a hiatus to perform a rare local show at the Jinx on March 21.
The garage-pop band, led by the rousing, dueling vocals of Anna Chandler (vocals/guitar) and Philip Reynolds Price (vocals/guitar), and bolstered by the rhythm section of Jeremiah Stuard (bass), and Ford Natirboff (of The Hypnotics sitting in for drummer emeritus Donald Moats) are working out some new material on stage before they head into the studio to record the follow-up to 2016’s thrilling “Thrill Me” LP (New Granada Records).
“We have been working on stuff for about the last year,” says Chandler. “I think about half the set is going to be new songs that Phil and I have both written. It’s funny not having played for a while because now some of the songs are about a year old, but they’re brand new in the set, so that’s exciting, to breathe some new life into those.
“Some of them are a little poppier and some of them can be a little darker and heavier,” she added. “It’s across the board in sound.”
COEDS find inspiration from artists like Buddy Holly, girls groups, punk bands like X and X-Ray Spex, and especially the Phil Spector-produced Ramones album “End of the Century.”
“Pop meets more raucous, dirtier music” as Chandler describes it.
“It’s a very specific sound and vibe and aesthetic. I would say it’s one of the easiest projects for me to write for because I know exactly what I want to touch on — these garage-y, surf influences, a lot of ’50s girl-group and Motown influences in the melodies. When Phil and I started it, we just really wanted to have a project that the goal was fun and making people dance.”
With Moats now living in Atlanta, it is a little difficult for the band to regularly gig, so it will be an unmissable treat to see them rock the Jinx again.
“I just love playing together,” Chandler said. “We have so much fun. And playing with Ford will be great. He’s super talented and he and I actually just played together backing up Jason Bible. He was on bass and I was on keys which is really different for both of us. It’s always fun to bring someone new in and find your groove. It keeps it fresh.”
Joining COEDS on the bill are their New Granada label mates DieAlps! and Jacksonville’s punk weirdos R-Dent.
COEDS have tried to play with the baroque-pop outfit DieAlps! on several occasions, but seem to be thwarted by a curse, with vans breaking down and family emergencies preventing them getting together.
“Hopefully nothing happens in the meantime and all cars are functional,” Chandler says of the upcoming show.
Chandler calls R-Dent “endlessly entertaining and charismatic.”
“It’s more in the punk vein, but super hooky. It’s a cool bill, everything is slightly different, but makes a lot of sense together,” Chandler promises.