Share Article | May 1, 2010 Paul Saucido
Called "Adventures in Coverland," the San Antonio girls
take the listener on a rip fun ride. From Bowie to Selena, the seven
covers really are an adventure.
Covers can be a tricky business. Songs that have been part of our
music collective evoke certain sounds and memories. Memories connected
to our human fabric, yes the "soundtrack of our lives."
No one wants their soundtrack or playlist to be changed, altered or
repacked as it violates the laws of Rock and Roll.
The "Rules" of Rock and Roll.
Covers are released everyday that lack a freshness or a valid reason
why the artist would waste their time and the audience's ear. Artists
and their covers can horribly break Rock and Roll's collective laws.
Girl in a Coma's Adventures in Coverland, a collection of three volumes
with seven songs in total, is an innovative and unique ride of young
trio's homage to some of their favorite classic songs.
The "punk' attitude ot Selena
One would never think that the late Tejana singer Selena's music was
punk on any level. But the sheer fact that Selena broke barriers in
the male dominated Latin genre made sense for the San Antonio trio
to cover one of her tunes. The song "Sin Una Vez," opens
with a hollow Latin guitar riff that hops into a punk cumbia where
by the time Nina Diaz gets to the first chorus the band has blasted
into frenzy aggressive beat.
Dancing to the Beatles
The Beatles "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," from their White
Album, was hailed as one of the first Zen rock tunes where Eric Clapton's
guitar work defined the 60's. Brilliantly the girls take to the bass
work in Jenn Avila as the driving melody and Nina's vocals to compliment
the familiar tune into a fresh paced danceable beat.
Joy Division unplugged
Joy Division's "Transmission" vaulted many new wave groups
to go dark and goth it up. Here Girl in a Coma strips the sound down,
with finger snaps and acoustic guitars. Instruments are added on as
Nina sings "Dance, dance, dance to the radio." Melodies
are mournful yet soar on as the song grows reaching a ringing catharsis.