in a Coma to release new cover album
Anne Erickson • NOISE • September 8, 2010
Dressed in skull-decorated
T-shirts and sporting trendy, ironed-out hairdos, the gals of Girl
in a Coma aren't your typical debutantes. But on the trio's latest
full-length, "Trio B.C.," the group is proving the most
important thing in rock has nothing to do with image: It's the music.
"I think getting out to the people and playing every night and
getting into the music is the best part of this whole experience,"
says drummer Phanie Diaz, who along with her sister Nina (vocals/guitar)
and Jenn Alva (bass guitar) play Friday at The Loft.
Girl in a Coma's story starts small. The girls built their fanbase
starting in San Antonio, Texas, playing anywhere they could, every
weekend. After a year together, they decided to go on tour and left
Texas with $500 in their pockets.
Adventures ensued. Like the time they got stuck in San Francisco without
enough gas money to get back.
"We would go into bars and have people listen to our CD, and
if they liked it, they would pay for it," Phanie says, laughing.
"We raised enough money to come home that way."
Shortly after that tour, the trio was asked to do a pilot show for
a Spanish/English channel documenting what it's like to be in an up-and-coming
band. One of the segments was supposed to feature Joan Jett giving
the girls tips on how to improve their music. Instead, after Jett
saw them play a show in New York City, she was so impressed that she
offered them a record deal on her Blackheart Records label.
"It's like a dream come true for a band, to get signed on the
spot," Phanie says.
On the band's latest album, "Trio B.C.," power pop riffs
stand against a surging backdrop of punky rhythms and gutsy, chick-rock
vocals. Grammy winning producer Greg Collins' (Gwen Stefani, U2) mix
allows the bass lines to pop and move with grease, while three-chord
guitar arrangements give the music a punk rock flavor.
Girl in a Coma's forthcoming release, "Adventures in Coverland"
(out Oct. 19), is a compilation of all cover songs from the band's
biggest influences: The Beatles, David Bowie, Patsy Cline, The Velvet
"We wanted to show why we sound the way we do and to educate
people," Phanie says. "If there are some younger kids who
don't know who Joy Division is, we wanted to show those influences
and teach them."
The cover album comes just one year after the band's last release.
Why the push to release new material so quickly?
"We try to stay busy. Writing is a non-stop thing for us and
we want to keep releasing albums," Phanie says.
"We want to be like a Sonic Youth and have 20 albums under our
belt before we're finished."