Trio B.C. Review
artist: girl in a coma date: 06/22/2009 category: compact discs
Released: Jun 2, 2009
Featured review by: UG
Team, on june 22, 2009
The 13-track CD takes several different turns, but at all times vocalist/guitarist Nina Diaz is confidently steering the way. Not to say that her fellow bandmates couldn’t come out with an amazing record on their own, but Nina has one of the most unique vocal styles out today. Combine that with the fact that her guitar playing bounces between straightforward punk to a dreamy, Cure-like style, and you are guaranteed that there will be a unique “mood” to each track.
Plenty of comparisons have been made to Morrissey and The Smiths in the past, particularly because Girl In A Com took their name from The Smiths’ “Girlfriend In A Coma.” The two bands do have a similar smooth, effects-laden approach, but Girl In A Coma’s influences seem to come from every which direction and decade. Whether it be the Sonic Youth-like, experimental “Baby Boy” or the darker rockabilly delivery in “Slaughter Lane,” the band knows how to keep things fresh. There are a few songs that do take a more traditional, pop-punk approach (“Joannie In The City”), but Girl In A Coma excels when they dabble in sounds that are a little more out of the ordinary.
“Ven Cerca” is the first song that the band has recorded in Spanish, and considering the album title’s inspiration, it’s the perfect closer to Trio B.C. The song title might hint that the musical portion will also give a nod to the girls’ heritage, but it’s quite the contrary. “Ven Cerca” is an alternative rock song through and through, from the oddly intriguing pulled guitar notes in the first seconds to fairly straightforward power chords that carry much of the song.
Lyrics and Singing: The Morrissey comparison certainly pops up time and again with the lyrical content as well. There might not be quite the constant, wry humor that we hear in The Smiths, but Nina still has her moments with songs like “Trail” (“I’m all right for now; I’ll just never sleep again”). “Joannie In The City” is a highlight in terms of the storytelling approach that it takes, while a good number of the other tracks dabble the topic of love. In the end it’s all about the delivery, and Nina Diaz makes every little line believable.
Impression: Girl In A Coma
made quite an impression the first time around, partly due to the
fact that the members are still fairly young. Nina Diaz was still
in her teens when the band’s debut record hit shelves, and even
at that time she had somewhat of an old-soul vibe to her. Putting
aside the charismatic vocals, the instrumentation also has a “vintage”
feel that doesn’t sound like most of what we’re hearing
on the rock charts these days. Trio B.C. has only a few lulls along
the way, but there’s enough engaging material that it should
thrust Girl In A Coma further into the spotlight.