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Girl in a Coma on their new album, El Paso and immigration law

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:28 am | Updated: 4:59 pm, Wed Nov 30, 2011.

By John Del Rosario | 1 comment


Returning to El Paso for a second time this year, San Antonio's Girl In a Coma are back with a new album, "Exits and All the Rest." Produced by Mike McCarthy (producer of acts like Spoon and Trail of the Dead), the album sees the ever-maturing trio expanding their melodic boundaries, like on their latest single "Smart," and even delving into political issues, inspired by having firsthand experience with some of the country's new immigration laws. We caught up with bassist Jenn Alva, still making her way through the West Coast, to see what's new with these El Paso favorites.

Q. This year, you guys spent Thanksgiving on tour. Did you guys do anything special for the holiday?

We spent it in Laramie, Wyo. It was just a stopping point. We're on tour with Black Box Revelation, so they met up with us, we had dinner at a restaurant and we saw a movie. It was fun.

Q. You guys were last here as early as this past June. Why do you keep coming back to El Paso?

We're fans of El Paso. We love Texas, in general. We always play good shows there so El Paso is never left off the routing. It's definitely the fans, great fans. We usually get in from being on tour elsewhere in the country, so we're just happy to be back in Texas. We'll go to the Mexican restaurants. Really good people.

Q. Your new album is named "Exits and All the Rest." What inspired the title?

All of us have been going through big changes in our lives and it just means not to sweat the small stuff. There's bigger things like exits, whether it be a change in career or a death. Those kinds of things happen and you realize that everything else you're stressing about is really not all that bad, and that's where the title is coming from.

Q. For the new album, you recorded with Mike McCarthy. Did working with him influence the album at all?

Absolutely. We were looking for different producers and he was probably No. 4 on the list. And we met him and it just seemed to fit. He created an environment for us in the studio and it was just perfect for this collection of songs that we had.

Q. Over the past year, you all have been witness to and have also been victim to some of the country's new immigration laws. What's the story behind that?

We came down with Sound Strike (the group of artists against Arizona's SB 1070). We flew out there just to see what was going on. It was an opportunity to see it with our own eyes and get some education on it. We visited the jail there in Arizona. (Arizona law enforcement) are just rounding them up, some of them have never even been to Mexico and they're making money off of it. Then you see the jail, the whole thing is just ugly. Nina wrote a song about it called "Hope" on the new album.

Then, we were traveling through Mobile, Alabama and we got pulled over by the Border Patrol for no reason. It was just dumb. I believe the rules have just moved to Alabama. It just seems like it's pushing (the country) in the wrong direction.

Details:

Girl in a Coma

with Fences

House of Rock, 8838 Viscount

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m. $10

Tickets available at Ticketbully.com.