NOVEMBER 2009: REVIEW by BRADLEY MASON HAMLIN for MYSTERY ISLAND MAGAZINE
After listening to a promo of TRIO B.C., the latest album from GIRL IN A COMA, I felt immediately compelled to download their first album, BOTH BEFORE I’M GONE in order to get the full impact of this relatively new band.
Now, if TRIO B.C. wasn’t any good, I of course would not have downloaded more, but this gang of girls have a sense of immediacy to them, a sense of direct urgency that wickedly hypnotized the listeners at Mystery Island from the first song. I had to have more, but let’s talk about TRIO B.C. first.
The record begins with “BB,” and you’re hooked from the opening vibrations of one of the best singers I’ve heard in a very long time: Nina Diaz. Her voice is the pure musical equivalent of a straight shot of sex.
[With the exception of one cover song “Ven Cerca” formerly by The Spitfires], it’s important to note right up front here, every song on TRIO B.C. is musically written by GIRL IN A COMA:
Nina Diaz: guitars, keys, vocals.
Phanie D: drums and all other percussion.
Jenn Alva: bass, Winchester.
With lyrics by Nina Diaz. I would definitely love to see if this chick has any poems hidden in her back pocket to send to Mystery Island. Por favor?
Anyway, on Lucy Hell’s birthday (our resident girl reporter and editor) we received the promo right before leaving the Island for an Italian fiesta, pushed the disc in, and let the music take us for a ride ...
Hooked. Loud. Melodic. Sexy. Lucy fell in love and that’s always the best possible sign of a troubadour’s magic. By the time “El Monte” played while driving down Power Inn Road – we had to back up the disc and play that song a couple more times.
“El Monte,” is one of those great rock ballads that let’s you take a needed breath after being kicked in the guts by gritty guitars and badass drums for four songs. This song is so fucking provocative ... I had to actually think back several years for anything as a means of possible comparison, in terms of a sex-driven rock ballad. “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt came to mind. It has that sort of sexy perfection that makes you want to hear it again and again, getting seduced by the thing.
The standout aspect for us, concerning Blackheart Records in general, is that the albums are produced with an old school feel of quality as a whole. These aren’t throw away productions built around one “hit song.” Although, “El Monte” should be a number 1 hit on any radio station.
Let’s face it, Joan Jett knows what she’s doing with Blackheart. With Joan’s ability to still make new kickass records herself and signing amazing women like Kelly Ogden of The Dollyrots -- and GIRL IN A COMA -- it’s pretty much the ladies runnin’ the show for the 21st century.
Jett fans will be pleased to note that Joan plays guitar and sings on “Vino” and “In the Day,” with vocals on “Joannie in the City” for TRIO B.C., so her direct involvement and support is felt and no doubt, appreciated.
TRIO B.C. closes with “Ven Cerca” sung in Spanish, and although these chicas bonita come from San Antonio, Texas, they perfectly invoked for me my old hometown of Highland Park, California on the northeast side of Los Angeles.
Yeah, I had to have more. Luckily BEFORE I’M DONE was available as well as two Christmas tunes from: A BLACKHEART CHRISTMAS. So while you’re getting your Christmas play-list in the groove you can add “Blue Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to your mix.
If you still need convincing -- just check out “Road to Home” from BEFORE I’M DONE. Kicks culo all over the place.
And that’s not all, kids! GIRL IN A COMA also has a swingin’ single called HIDING MY TRAIL – containing two songs: “Only I” and “A Conversation.”
Gracias, senoritas, gracias.
MYSTERY ISLAND recommends this album if you like: The Beatles, The Cranberries, The Dollyrots, Eric Burdon & War, The Go-Go's, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Leslie Gore, Morrissey, Nancy Sinatra, No Doubt, The Ramones, The Runaways, Sinead O' Conner, The Smiths, Those Darlins, Tom Russell ...
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"Girl in a Coma: Trio B.C. Review" by Bradley Mason Hamlin.
Edited by Lucy Hell. © 2009 by Mystery Island Publications. Published: 11.07.09.
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