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Girl in a Coma’s – Adventures in Coverland
Album Release (CD/Digital) Set For October 19th

Featuring:
“Si Una Vez” (orig. by Selena)
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (orig. by The Beatles)
“Transmission” (orig. by Joy Division)
“As The World Falls Down” (orig. by David Bowie)
“Come On, Let's Go” (orig. by Ritchie Valens)
“Walkin’ After Midnight” (orig. by Patsy Cline)
“Femme Fatale” (orig. by The Velvet Underground)

**Plus, Three Brand New Tracks **

“For What It’s Worth” (orig. by Buffalo Springfield)
“Yo Oigo” (brand new GIAC song)
“BB” (acoustic version of original GIAC song from Trio B.C.)

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“There is no question that Adventures in Coverland succeeds where similar albums, often by bands with far more experience, fail. Girl in a Coma manages to both express their own musical direction and show the humility, a sadly lacking virtue in much of the modern world, to let great songs be great songs. From song selection to performance to packaging, Adventures in Coverland works on every level.”
– Glide Magazine

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 29, 2010 – After releasing a series of three Adventures in Coverland EPs on 7-inch vinyl in April, Girl in a Coma now makes the tracks available on CD October 19th, 2010. The new Adventures in Coverland album will include the original seven critically acclaimed EP tracks plus three new tracks. These new songs include a vibrant update of Buffalo Springfield’s ‘60s protest anthem “For What It’s Worth,” a new original Girl in a Coma song, “Yo Oigo,” which has also been chosen to be featured in Robert Rodriguez’s new movie Machete this September, plus an acoustic version of their song “BB.”



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In a side project, lead singer/guitarist Nina Diaz has collaborated with DJ Tiesto, co-writing and lending her vocals to the song, “In Your Mind” as part of the San Disk www.wakeupyourphone.com promotion available now.


Girl in a Coma is a band with impeccable pedigree. The San Antonio-based trio (comprising of sisters Nina and Phanie Diaz and their friend Jenn Alva) were cherry picked by Joan Jett for her Blackheart Records label, and have toured extensively with Morrissey, at the personal invitation of the man who penned the song that inspired their name. It’s perhaps therefore fitting that GIAC’s Adventures In Coverland pays homage to the genealogy of their much-vaunted sound.

The title of their last album, Trio B.C., is a reference to one of the band’s greatest influences, Nina and Phanie’s grandfather, a drummer whose 1950s Tejano band was the source of the CD’s title. With Adventures in Coverland, GIAC delve further into the band’s collective musical history, recording their own versions of classic songs that helped shape the sonic core of Trio B.C., a record which prompted Alternative Press Magazine to rave that the band had “really hit their stride” and Billboard to enthuse that the ladies were “full of swagger and in fine form.”

“We hope that this record introduces people to some of our favorite music and opens a little door into who we are,” says GIAC drummer Phanie of Adventures in Coverland. “A lot of our writing style was influenced by the music we grew up on and the love we saw our grandfather had for music. If we forget who started it for us, then we forget the spirit of our music. If that's lost, then everything is hollow, fake and manufactured.”

Getting specific about the song selections for Adventures in Coverland, Phanie says, “We chose to cover ‘Walkin’ After Midnight,’ ‘Come On, Let’s Go’ and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ because of our mother. We were raised listening to Patsy Cline, Ritchie Valens and The Beatles. It’s very raw, very real music that was the soundtrack to our mom’s life.”

The songs featured in the project also reflect the trio’s choice of score during their formative teenage years. “As I stared discovering music on my own, in came Bowie and Joy Division,” recalls Phanie. “These artists became part of Jenn and my rotation of albums. I then introduced these artists to my younger sister, Nina, who in turn discovered bands like Velvet Underground and Nico. Then there is Selena, a very important figure in our lives…”

‘“Si Una Vez’ is one of our favorite Selena songs,” says GIAC bassist Jenn. “Her music was on constantly in our household. She was doing something very important for our culture and something new,” adds Phanie. “We felt the original version song already had a hidden punk quality,” Jenn continues.

Given GIAC’s reverence for Selena’s music and all that she stood for, the girls’ were beyond honored when they were asked to perform their amped-up reworking of “Si Una Vez” at the 2010 Tejano Music Awards. Between 1986 and 1997 Selena won the Female Vocalist of the Year category at the ceremony a total of twelve times, so GIAC’s performance of her music at the TMA’s was particularly poignant. And the night was even more memorable for the girls since they got to meet Selena’s family.

Going beyond the music, being of Mexican American decent means that recent immigration developments in Arizona strike a blow very close to home for GIAC – and the choice of the album’s bonus cover track reflects this. The song, “For What It’s Worth” was originally recorded by Buffalo Springfield in response to the clashes between young people and authorities during the infamous Sunset Strip curfew riots in the summer of ’66, but has since became a ubiquitous anthem for rebellion and change.

“Doing ‘For What It's Worth’ turned out to work perfectly – especially with all that's going on in Arizona,” says Nina. “It's a ‘get up and let your voice be heard’ song. We intend to speak.”

Phanie adds, “I think it's the perfect song to come out during this time. With all the craziness in Arizona, it's the perfect lyrics. We chose it for that reason. Something has to be done about the laws passing in that state and we hope covering this song will bring awareness and remind people that we don't want to go backwards.”

Honoring their heritage further, GIAC decided to include a Spanish language track on the new album. The song, “Yo Oigo,” is the first original track from the band since the release of Trio B.C. in June 2009. ‘“Yo Oigo’ is my first attempt of writing a song in Spanish and I'm proud of how it came out,” says Nina. “It’s about speaking for your roots, and letting it come out. It's strong and powerful and I'm excited to do more.”

The Adventures in Coverland CD will be released on October 19th, 2010.


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GIAC Adventures in Coverland Tour 2010

Following a series of sold-out shows with Sia and Steel Train in the first half of 2010, GIAC have just confirmed a new run of headlining tour dates. The band will also be appearing at LA’s popular Sunset Junction street festival and at The Toadies’s third annual down-home Dia De Los Toadies event, to be held this year at a picturesque location along the banks of the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, TX. Gringo Star & Agent Ribbons will open 8/18 thru 9/5 and Hacienda & Sick of Sarah will open 9/7-24:

DATE VENUE LOCATION
SEPT    
1 Juanita's Cantina Ballroom Little Rock, AR
2 Hi-Tone Memphis, TN
4 The End Nashville, TN
5 The Firebird St. Louis, MO
7 Skull Alley Louisville, KY
8 Rumba Cafe' Columbus, OH
9 Majestic Theater/The Magic Stick Detroit, MI
10 The Loft at Harem Urban Lounge Lansing, MI
11 Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN
12 Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL
13 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
14 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN
16 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
18 University of Illinois - Courtyard Cafe Champaign, IL
23 House of Rock El Paso, TX
24 El Cosmico Gathering Marfa, TX
29 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
     
OCT    
2 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklin, NY
3 The Black Cat Washington, DC
4 Mojo Main Newark, DE
5 Club Hell Providence, RI
8 Frankie's Inner City Toledo, OH
9 Southgate House Newport, KY
11 Maxine's Hot Springs, AR
21 Las Palmas Race Park with The Toadies Mission, TX
22 Wild West with The Toadies Waco, TX
23 Josabi's Helotes, TX
30 Tom Bass Park Amphitheatre Houston, TX
NOV    
5 The Wonder Bar Asbury Park, NJ
6 WRXP 101.9 ANYTHING ANYTHING Anniversary show. details TBA New York, NY
19 Granada Theatre (opening for Dresden Dolls) Dallas, TX
20

Fitzgerald's (opening for Dresden Dolls)

Houston, TX
21 La Zona Rosa (opening for Dresden Dolls) Austin, TX
DEC    
3,4 Jack's Bar San Antonio, TX

Tour Info: http://girlinacoma.com/calendar.html

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