in a Coma’s – Adventures in Coverland
**Plus, Three Brand New Tracks **
It’s Worth” (orig. by Buffalo Springfield)
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.
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.
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:
Tour Info: http://girlinacoma.com/calendar.html
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