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Girl in a Coma – Trio B.C.
Posted on 31 August 2009

As a female, who grew up in a house that reeked of testosterone, I felt it necessary to prove my worth constantly. Underestimation is constant in a multi-gender world, regardless of whether or not it is completely apparent. Girl in a Coma, an all-female punk trio from Texas, has been demolishing those standards since they were discovered by rock icon Joan Jett at the Knitting Factory in New York City.

I’ve never been to the NYC Knitting Factory, but I’ve been to plenty of the Los Angeles Knitting Factory events, and trust me, it isn’t the most feminine assortment of shows. But, when you listen to Girl in a Coma, it is obvious why they would be able to discreetly slip in between the heavy metal/punk sets, I mean, they obviously wail. After unknowingly exposing themselves to Joan Jett, Jett signed them to her label Blackheart Records. Their debut album, Both Before I’m Gone, was released in 2007, and the single off that record, “Clumsy Sky,” won them the award for Best Punk Song at the 2007 Independent Music Awards. Since that time, the girls have toured with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Tegan and Sara, The Pogues, Morrissey and Social Distortion.

Not only do these girls rock pretty hard, they play with a tight synchronicity. This is probably attributed to their previously established partnerships. Bassist Jenn Alva and drummer Phanie Diaz became friends in their middle school art class, and lead singer/guitarist Nina Diaz just happens to be Phanie’s younger sibling. The trio has been a rock force to be reckoned with since adolescence. Their recent album, Trio B.C., is awkwardly reminiscent of what they happen to call themselves in the music scene. A coma is classified as an altered state of consciousness, and this album happens to cover many emotional aspects of the female mind that continue to be present even as you mature, and in altering levels of intensity as the record progresses. Love, desire, frustration, longing, heartbreak…it all echoes from the confines of Nina’s phenomenal voice box.

The album was so named, after Phanie and Nina’s grandfather’s Tejano band, and a tribute to their Latina roots is featured in the song “Ven Cerca”; a cover of a 1960’s Mexican pop song by Los Spitfires. Despite it being the first Spanish track the girls have ever recorded, Nina nails the pronunciation amidst the guttural punk bliss, and I personally prefer their ska-esque cover to the original. There are also faint traces of Spanish guitar scattered throughout the album, that compliment the girls’ grunge/psychobilly tendencies beautifully.

I honestly was very impressed with this album; you can rock out to it, you can cry to it, you can scream to it. It is just so stylistically eclectic, that you can pick out at least five different species of rock intertwined within. “El Monte” is probably the track that stands out most. Its tempo is flagrantly slow, and the lyrics display a gentle intimacy that isn’t as prominent throughout the remainder of the album. “Vino” is another blessedly mellow track that differs from the remainder of the album; layered vocals, whimsical lyrics, coupled with crashing percussion? You will just have to check it out for yourself. Don’t forget the bonus track “Davey,” it truly is a bonus.

Trio B.C. is available now on Blackheart Records.