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Girl In A Coma - 'Trio B.C.'
Sounding Less and Less Like The Smiths, But Getting Even Better

Once again, Joan Jett’s Blackheart records is making waves in the music world with Trio B.C., the sophomore record from San Antonio’s Girl In A Coma. A diverse record that shows a lot of maturing from their last album, if it’s not the best record I’ve heard yet this year, it easily grabs a spot on that list.

The band, composed of sisters Nina and Phanie Diaz (on vocals and guitar and drums, respectively), and bassist Jenn Alva began making a name for themselves with the release of Both Before I'm Gone in 2007. Even then, I was blown away by the big sounds of Nina Diaz’s vocals, and their fuzzy Smiths-influenced sound, as well as by the power of Girl In A Coma’s live show. And I’m not the only one – Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro has called GIAC “my favorite new band.”

The Diaz sisters chose Trio B.C. as the album title because it was the name of their grandfathers tejano band in a the 50s. He was their first musical influence, playing guitar and singing for them, and inspired their love of music.

And their passion for music is readily apparent from them album’s opener, “BB,” a sultry Spanish-flavored tune that reaches out through a staticy sound, like you’re first hearing it driving down an empty summer highway in a convertible, with the oppression of heat beating down on you, before it breaks free, clean and powerful.

Elsewhere on the album, the Smiths influence is ever apparent, like on the catchy upbeat “In The Day” , but for every tune like that, there is a song like “Baby Boy,” which has a louder, heavier sound, grabbing more of Nirvana-styled sound of guitar and fuzzy, loud instrumentation. And “Static Mind” is a song that rides the fence between the two, careening from Smiths-flavored verses to choruses that are carried by raw guitar riffs that would be as at home on a Sex Pistols album as they are here.

The album hits its peak with “Joannie In The City,” the one track produced by Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna. While I’m not sure if the song is about Jett or not, the song has benefited from her personal attention, with aggressive and addictive guitar hooks and a driving bassline that pushes the song forward like a fuzzy little juggernaut.

GIAC wraps up with a cover of “Ven Cerca,” originally by Los Spitfires. It’s another fuzzy, dreamy tune, the first that the band has recorded in Spanish. It’s a sultry passionate tune that evokes the steamy feel of a packed smoky nightclub, and it’s a comforting wrap up to this amazing album.

After the release of Both Before I'm Gone and its amazing live show, I wondered where GIAC would be able to take their sound. The trio has now proven themselves capable of evolving their sound and simply getting more passionate and powerful in their musical execution. I’m looking forward to an even better live show this time around, and more of the same for the albums and tours to come.

Release Date – June 2, 2009