Members: Maria Coyne, vocals/songwriter, Nick Baker, guitar, Zaq Baker, keys, Adam Maurer, bass, Sheldon Way, drums
Maria and the Coins bundle big-picture pop ambition into earnest, indie sensibility. The five-some distinguished themselves in the Minneapolis alt-rock scene by fusing singer-songwriter driven pop hooks with the vulnerability and honesty of an indie band.
Frontwoman Maria Coyne's powerhouse vocals are matched with emotive storytelling often focused on moving forward, choosing to find the light amidst the darkness, and learning to be present in each moment. While the writing features nods to Coyne’s pop, country and musical theatre roots, the music finds its sweet spot behind alternative rock-influenced arrangements. The band has opened for local and touring artists such as Betty Who, Jeremy Messersmith, Delacey, and Reina del Cid.
The band’s debut full-length album Forward was released on March 5th, 2020 and is available now for streaming and download.
"This song is a flat out masterpiece. Every element, from the expert playing from the band to the clean mix is well done, and the song lacks in no category. With a heartfelt vocal performance and amazing production, “I Was Her” by Maria and the Coins is an outstanding achievement in songwriting." - Bryon Harris, Indie Spoonful
"Coyne’s command and control of her vocals, supported by Baker’s effectively arranged piano part give listeners the impression of a larger than life performance that retains a hint of intimacy and connection to the listener...a magical interpretation of this well known classic that is grand, yet also brings a sense of calm to listeners. The band respects the intentions of Cohen, while bringing a fresh perspective to the song, and giving it new life. This song is without question, a difficult piece of music to perform, and Coyne and Baker execute it with distinction. For a song that is covered frequently, this cover stands out from the pack, and is an excellent demonstrate of the band’s talent and ability." - Bryon Harris, Please Pass the Indie
American Songwriter Feature
Member Spotlight, May 26th 2021
Forward Album Review from Ear Coffee
March 13th, 2020
"...After being diagnosed with Lupus in her freshman year of college, Coyne was faced with intense physical and emotional struggles. The resolve she gladly found within is freely represented all across 'Forward.' From the first moments of album opener "Two Years From Now" through to the sugary closer "Tonight," Coyne and co. command attention with her exceptional vocals and the band's stellar, propulsive instrumentation. The ten tracks sustain momentum for the album's whole 41-minute duration."
City Pages Local Frames features "Movin' On" Video
September 17th, 2019
"A bustling tune with highway ambitions, “Movin’ On” doesn’t require many visuals to communicate its push-pull story of a person reluctantly leaving their hometown. The video is unadorned, with singer Maria Coyne and her band playing in a dark room, laying their emotions bare." - Jerard Fagerberg, City Pages