By Bob Lange
September 24, 2009
Coming two years after their promising debut, Trio BC shows a young
band that has done some significant maturing as musicians. The album
maintains their early punkish edge, but expands the sound well beyond
that. Nina Diaz elevates herself to a rough-around-the-edges Patsy
Cline, particularly on the yearning, tender melancholy of "El
Monte." They dabble a bit in T Rex's glammy boogie on "Slaughter
Lane" before moving into more straightforward punk. "Joanie
in the City" dips deep into the well of the Buzzcocks and The
Jam so successfully that vocal help from Joan Jett herself doesn't
overpower the band's sound. They even find interesting common ground
between the Shangri-Las and The Smashing Pumpkins on "Trail".
All of this is mixed with explorations of their own Mexican-American
background that will surely draw comparisons to Los Lobos and the
Plugz. But don't be fooled, because GIAC are paving their own road
to the destinations previously visited by those bands.
The end result is a very good, comprehensive rock n roll album that
draws from many things, but maintains a strong identity. It stems
from growth in both songwriting and musicianship that doesn't compromise
on the heart and soul that is the basis of the band. Girl in a Coma
has adapted well to this musical growth, making Trio BC a sophomore
album that's really good in the moment and also leaves open great
possibilities for the future.
It's probably best to pick this one up on LP, because it'll be easier
for the tattoo artist to copy it onto your body after you spend some
time listening. Seriously though, the tattoo style artwork looks great
on the 12" LP.