22 Jul 2016

HSS Artist profile: Counting Coins

Humber Street Sesh is just around the corner, so grab your wristbands and get your skank on to Counting Coins.

Whether you’re in the mood for a gypsy punk party or a cheeky skank around your room, Counting Coins won’t disappoint. The five piece Hullite’s who pride themselves on spreading the love and unity by inviting ‘all conscious ears to indulge, no enemies, no strangers’ conjure up a mix of the late 70s punk era with Balkan-European vibes that you’d be a bit mad not to get your groove on to. Comprising of Harry on lead vox, Matthew on guitar/bass and backing vox, Will on trumpet/backing vox, Rob on bass/guitar and Sam on drums, Counting Coins are insanely good fun. They clearly love what they do too – just look at their happy faces.

Chances are, you’ve already heard of the likes of Gorgol Bordello, Operation Ivy and the Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Counting Coins are all big fans. Naturally, they each have their own tastes but the tour bus seems to have become well accustomed to a mix of hip hop, reggae, punk and drum ‘n’ bass goodness recently. Generally, ‘anything that bounces’ goes, say the boys. With aims for their music to speak to anyone and everyone, they hope to reach out to the ‘downtrodden veterans of our time, to the conscious-minded individual, of any race, colour or creed, and all of those stripped by a modern life’. Some tracks have taken years to evolve with some undergoing changes dependent on audience reaction, although singer Harry tends to take control of the lyrical content.


The boys have had the opportunity of playing a bunch of memorable venues over the years, including The Maze in Nottingham and The Owl Sanctuary in Norwich with the Boomtown Fair near Winchester being one of their favourite festivals by far. The group are also no strangers to the Humber Street Sesh. Like many of the artists who have performed there over the years, they share an infectious fondness for the festival which has earnt itself a pretty solid seal of approval locally and nationally. The boys have now had the privilege of playing the main stage for the past three years.

We always have a massive crowd reaction at The Humber Street Sesh. We’ve been up and down the country and into Europe building a following, and so we feel like we’ve earned the right to take the headline slot. Having said that, there’s such a strong music scene in Hull. There’s loads of bands who could have headlined. It’s an honour to be asked.

Counting Coins

This year they’ll also be filming the whole set, so get those hands wavin’. In the past, their shows have attracted a real mix of people, with young and old alike rolling with the CC vibes. They can always guarantee a cheeky crowd surf or two. ‘Once we played a festival where the crowd screamed so hard, they had to delay Maximo Park’s set so we could do an encore.’ Bad times for old Maximo.

After releasing their debut full length album Counting Coins in December last year, they’ve been busy touring and promoting. Their next plan is to get themselves back in the studio to record a whole bunch of new party bangers.

We can’t wait for them to bring the good time ska punk flavours back to HSS.

Counting Coins will headline the Main Stage at the Humber Street Sesh on 6 August.

Wristbands are available via Hull Box Office or call 01482 221113 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm)

Alternatively, go pick up your wristbands over the counter at Chinese Laundry, Beasleys Clothing, Thieving Harry’s, Früit, The Polar Bear, East Park Chippy, Bed Boutique, Poorboy Boutique, Queens Hotel Hull, O’Rileys, Disc Discovery, Minster Records and selected Barclay’s Banks (King Edward Street, Hessle Road, Holderness Road, Cottingham Road, Hessle, Beverley, Cottingham)


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