Girl in a Coma - Jenn Alva Interview - Tour Schedule - Live Photos
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They've opened for the likes of Morrissey and Social Distortion, and they are currently on a headlining tour which you should not miss. We caught up with bassist Jenn Alva recently... check out the interview below:Musipix: Congratulations on the new CD "Trio BC"...the style of “Trial BC” seems to be a little less raw than “ Both Before I'm Gone” you’re debut CD. Was that by design?
Jenn: The “I’m Gone”songs were all songs from 6 to 7 years ago. I think our new record shows our progression as musicians. It's what we've been wanting to do and certainly, whatever we're listening to seeps in too.
Musicpix: The only thing that frustrated me after seeing you was the first time was that you only had one CD to draw material from and I wanted a longer show. What songs on the new CD translate well live?
Jenn: "Static Mind" is doing really well and we do a love song called "El Monte" and fans are really getting into that one too. We were in Texas recently and the album has only been out a week and half or so and people already knew the lyrics so that was awesome. Made our day...
Musicpix: Since you mentioned "El Monte" off the new CD...I can envision it being played at weddings for many years to come. What's the story behind that song?
Jenn: Yeah, it's a personal experience for Nina. We were talking about that....I guess it could be played at weddings but the ending kind of messes everything up...[laughs] But I think it's more like reality.
Musicpix: [Laughing] unfortunately, it’s probably true for a lot of relationships.Musicpix: You've only been a band for a few years but you've toured extensively with some pretty heavy hitters...Morrissey and Social Distortion to name a couple. These are two bands that have die-hard and loyal fan bases. How has your live show been received by them?
Jenn: We were nervous about those concerts because it's two very different audiences. Although we may be influenced by both bands, you never know what to expect. Especially Morrissey because they are very particular...luckily we came on his tour at a good time and they genuinely like us... As for Social Distortion, that was another one because it could go either way. Should we play these slower songs and we said f@C! it, let's just play them. Whatever happens happens and it went over really well too so we were lucky.
Musicpix: Musically tastes evolve over time. Have you seen the band's musical taste or direction change?
Jenn: Yeah like I said, whatever we’re listening to at the time influences us. I think every band should be like that...we are influenced constantly. You keep your same core but there’s nothing wrong with writing a song that is completely different from what you're used to. We do try to think outside the box and expand our mind.
Musicpix: Some artists take themselves pretty seriously...they want to change the world or some just want to have fun or some just for the money. Does Girl In a Coma have an intrinsic reason for being?
Jenn: Absolutely. In all honesty, it just makes us happy. We enjoy what we do. We love to play and we love to tour. We love writing new songs. Everything…we adore it. Our goal is to keep putting out albums and touring. As long as we can profit a little bit so we can keep doing what we love to do, that's what we want. Every band should be that way. If not, they aren’t in it for the right reasons.
Musicpix: Does the band have an ultimate goal to play stadiums one day or just happy playing smaller clubs? Is there a vision of where the band will go?
Jenn: Yeah, there’s a place in San Antonio called Sunken Gardens Theater and it's got a really good vibe. That would be a goal because it's in our home town. Luckily, we enjoy both. We enjoy playing theaters and we enjoy playing hole in the wall bars because the energy is just amazing.
Musicpix: Being an "all girl band," have you found any stereotypes that you've had to overcome?
Jenn: Yeah, of course! It's 2009 and things have opened up a bit for female musicians but there’s always going to be that same problem like there is in any similar subject. For the most part, me and the girls have it easy. A lot of people respect us. It's not just being all girls...two thirds of the band are lesbians. We take what we have and we're not negative about any of it. We’ve got different angles to work with.
Musicpix: And that can be a good thing....it gives you a broader perspective than many…Musicpix: I particularly like the video from “Clumsy Sky” from the first CD. How involved does the band get with production?
Jenn: The majority of the videos are directed by Jim Mendiola. He's a great guy and we love working with him. We’ll sit down and brainstorm together. Initially he'll ask us what we think or see for a song and we share our ideas. It's a really good relationship. The videos that will be coming out soon, they’re different than the last. This album has a lot of influences and especially Nina’s and we wanted to roll with that. “Static Mind” is a little more random and “El Monte” is a love triangle… a little love story. It's just a pleasure to work with Jim. He's a buddy of ours.
Musicpix: Didn't Nina have a relative that was involved in “Clumsy Sky?”
Jenn: Yeah, her step-father is in Clumsy Sky... he was the bartender.The Band
Jun 16 2009 The Red and Black 21+ w/ Miss Derringer WASHINGTON, Washington