Girl In A Coma
GIRL IN A COMA
"There is no question that Adventures in Coverland succeeds where similar albums, often by bands with far more experience, fail. Girl in a Coma manages to both express their own musical direction and show the humility, a sadly lacking virtue in much of the modern world, to let great songs be great songs. From song selection to performance to packaging, Adventures in Coverland works on every level."
LOS ANGELES, CA JULY 29, 2010 After releasing a series of three Adventures in Coverland EPs on 7-inch vinyl in April, Girl in a Coma now makes the tracks available on CD October 19th, 2010. The new Adventures in Coverland album will include the original seven critically acclaimed EP tracks plus three new tracks. These new songs include a vibrant update of Buffalo Springfield's '60s protest anthem "For What It's Worth," a new original Girl in a Coma song, "Yo Oigo," which has also been chosen to be featured in Robert Rodriguez's new movie "Machete" this September, plus an acoustic version of their song "BB."
In a side project, lead singer/guitarist Nina Diaz has collaborated with DJ Tiesto, co-writing and lending her vocals to the song, "In Your Mind" as part of the San Disk www.wakeupyourphone.com promotion available now.
Girl in a Coma is a band with impeccable pedigree. The San Antonio-based trio (comprising of sisters Nina and Phanie Diaz and their friend Jenn Alva) were cherry picked by Joan Jett for her Blackheart Records label, and have toured extensively with Morrissey, at the personal invitation of the man who penned the song that inspired their name. It's perhaps therefore fitting that GIAC's Adventures In Coverland pays homage to the genealogy of their much-vaunted sound.
The title of their last album, Trio B.C., is a reference to one of the band's greatest influences, Nina and Phanie's grandfather, a drummer whose 1950s Tejano band was the source of the CD's title. With Adventures in Coverland, GIAC delve further into the band's collective musical history, recording their own versions of classic songs that helped shape the sonic core of Trio B.C., a record which prompted Alternative Press Magazine to rave that the band had "really hit their stride" and Billboard to enthuse that the ladies were "full of swagger and in fine form."
"We hope that this record introduces people to some of our favorite music and opens a little door into who we are," says GIAC drummer Phanie of Adventures in Coverland.
"A lot of our writing style was influenced by the music we grew up on and the love we saw our grandfather had for music. If we forget who started it for us, then we forget the spirit of our music. If that's lost, then everything is hollow, fake and manufactured."
Getting specific about the song selections for Adventures in Coverland, Phanie says, "We chose to cover 'Walkin' After Midnight,' 'Come On, Let's Go' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' because of our mother. We were raised listening to Patsy Cline, Ritchie Valens and The Beatles. It's very raw, very real music that was the soundtrack to our mom's life."
The songs featured in the project also reflect the trio's choice of score during their formative teenage years. "As I stared discovering music on my own, in came Bowie and Joy Division," recalls Phanie. "These artists became part of Jenn and my rotation of albums. I then introduced these artists to my younger sister, Nina, who in turn discovered bands like Velvet Underground and Nico. Then there is Selena, a very important figure in our lives"
'"Si Una Vez' is one of our favorite Selena songs," says GIAC bassist Jenn. "Her music was on constantly in our household. She was doing something very important for our culture and something new," adds Phanie. "We felt the original version song already had a hidden punk quality," Jenn continues.
Given GIAC's reverence for Selena's music and all that she stood for, the girls' were beyond honored when they were asked to perform their amped-up reworking of "Si Una Vez" at the 2010 Tejano Music Awards. Between 1986 and 1997 Selena won the Female Vocalist of the Year category at the ceremony a total of twelve times, so GIAC's performance of her music at the TMA's was particularly poignant. And the night was even more memorable for the girls since they got to meet Selena's family.
Going beyond the music, being of Mexican American decent means that recent immigration developments in Arizona strike a blow very close to home for GIAC and the choice of the album's bonus cover track reflects this. The song, "For What It's Worth" was originally recorded by Buffalo Springfield in response to the clashes between young people and authorities during the infamous Sunset Strip curfew riots in the summer of '66, but has since became a ubiquitous anthem for rebellion and change.
"Doing 'For What It's Worth' turned out to work perfectly especially with all that's going on in Arizona," says Nina. "It's a 'get up and let your voice be heard' song. We intend to speak."
Phanie adds, "I think it's the perfect song to come out during this time. With all the craziness in Arizona, it's the perfect lyrics. We chose it for that reason. Something has to be done about the laws passing in that state and we hope covering this song will bring awareness and remind people that we don't want to go backwards."
Honoring their heritage further, GIAC decided to include a Spanish language track on the new album. The song, "Yo Oigo," is the first original track from the band since the release of Trio B.C. in June 2009. '"Yo Oigo' is my first attempt of writing a song in Spanish and I'm proud of how it came out," says Nina. "It's about speaking for your roots, and letting it come out. It's strong and powerful and I'm excited to do more."
The Adventures in Coverland CD will be released on October 19th, 2010.
There is something to get excited about in south-central Texas. In fact the buzz surrounding San Antonio's Hacienda may signal a rebirth of young rock n' roll -with emphasis on the "roll"- to the country's landscape. Formed by cousins Abraham Villanueva (piano/vocals) and Dante Schwebel (guitar/vocals), together with Abraham's brothers Jaime (drums/vocals) and Rene Villanueva (bass/vocals), this Mexican-American quartet blends a raw yet sophisticated style of pop music with harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles and Beach Boys. As fate would have it, a demo of 6 songs landed in the hands of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and the band's life was forever changed. Soon after they were opening for The Black Keys in Austin Texas, as well as for Dr. Dog, gaining some much needed exposure. Under Auerbach's watch, Hacienda would write and arrange more than twenty songs, sending him demos periodically in preparation for their debut album, ultimately recording in Dan's own studio in Akron, Ohio.
In order to keep the integrity of the music, "Loud Is The Night" was largely captured live in the room with a helping hand from new friends Scott and Frank of Dr. Dog. With them they worked on existing vocal harmonies and created new ones, greatly embellishing the album. The result is a beautiful collection of songs played with integrity and soul to spare, and while the band is aware of its 60's influences, the music on "Loud is the Night" is far from derivative, and the finished product is modern pop music performed with genuineness and taste.
In 2009, all four members of Hacienda have also joined with Patrick Hallahan in The Fast Five, performing as the backing band for Dan Auerbach.
SICK OF SARAH
Minneapolis' Sick of Sarah is an all-girl rock band that is making a statement and really knows how to captivate an audience. By interacting with their fans and putting on a spunky pop performance, the five ladies of S.O.S. make sure everyone is having a good time. On October 2nd, at an intimate show at the Rockstar in PeabodyÃ¢s in Cleveland, they did just that.
The show " a stop on the group's Sleep When You're Dead tour opened with Pennsylvania-based trio Donora, who put on an extremely impressive performance for being new to the indie-pop scene. Their catchy songs grabbed the attention of everyone in the small crowd of about 25 and no one in the room was left sitting still. Having only released their first album this past January, bassist Jake Churton, drummer Jake Hanner, and lead vocalist Casey Hanner are touring their way into the hearts of their recently formed fan base. Casey's voice rang clear through the speaker system as she sang through the catchy tunes full of strong vocal pieces and captivating bass and guitar riffs.
After a quick set change and some poster signing, The Action Design came on for their hour-long set. One of the most entertaining bands I've seen live in quite some time, they are a touring band from San Francisco. Vocalist Emily Whitehurst, drummer Jake Krohn, guitarist Jaycen McKissick, and bassist Matt Mckenzie came on stage with the most touring experience of the three bands, having been in numerous groups since the late 1990s. Whitehurst and Mckenzie are both former members of Tsunami Bomb, while McKissick was in Pipedown and Krohn has been in the bands Calcutta Bazaar and The Rum Diary.
The Action Design's frontwoman, Emily Whitehurst, has a unique and exhilarating stage presence, with high-energy movements and a powerful set of vocals that fill the entire venue. Blasting through song after song from the band's three albums, the foursome owned the show with their edgy, yet clean and sophisticated performance.
It was time to take a break from hanging out with the fans, as Sick of Sarah hit the stage for the final performance of the night. Each of the band's five girls brings their own unique energy to the stage. Lead singer Abisha Uhl, guitarists Katie Murphy and Jessie Farmer, bassist Jamie Holm and drummer Brooke Svanes were rocking out while playing songs such as the extremely catchy ''Hardest Part" and "Bittersweet," and "Mr. Incredible," featuring a wicked guitar solo by Murphy. Towards the end of the set, Uhl played some acoustic versions of the bandÃ¢s love ballads "Fall" and "Paint Like That." Immediately followed was a spark of energy with "Not Listening," finishing off a night of energetic indie, pop-rock bands on a mission to entertain, no matter how small the audience.
LITTLE RED WOLF
Formed in late autumn of '08, Little Red Wolf brings together the collective hard working, hard rocking talents of four Madison-area musicians. Through sheer force of will and their lyrical, multi-instrumental ways, the band is poised to take the scene by charming storm.
Combining elements of rock, bluegrass, alt-country, and the harmony-heavy vocals of swing-era ensembles, Little Red Wolf offers something entirely new and unique without forgetting their roots. Their music has been described as Ã¢distinctive and melodic,Ã¢ and Ã¢really ambitious, especially in the vocal department, and they pull it off beautifully.Ã¢
Little Red Wolf plays everything from up-tempo foot-stompers and straight-up rock, to soulful ballads and genre-bending tunes. Using vintage guitars, accordion, piano, percussion, and even the glockenspiel, theyÃ¢ve managed to write an impressive set of original music that appeals to people across the usual boundaries.
(Kelly also currently plays with local disco superstars, VO5. Emily also currently moonlights as the drummer for local surf-pop rockers The Shabelles. Meghan and Laura once played for the sadly now-defunct A Catapult Western)
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