Friday, January 28, 2011

Let's Do It Again

Heard it from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it on NPR. Got the album, listened to it 100 times, love it, realized it's from 2007. Nina Diaz has the most amazing voice. Her sister Phanie hits the skins, and their longtime friend Jenn Alva plays bass. Joan Jett discovered them and signed them to her label. Morrissey took them on tour. Robert Rodriguez directed one of their recent videos. They're Girl in a Coma. Here. Have a peek.

Wait - to say the video is directed by Robert Rodriguez sounds like the whole thing was planned.  He is a fan of theirs, went to see them at SXSW, pieced together shots from their performance, and gave them this video as a gift!  Yes, that Robert Rodriguez.  As in, Sin City.  In return, they contributed the song "Yo Oigo" to his film Machete.
The song in the video, "As The World Falls Down", is from the band's 2010 covers album.  This one is of David Bowie's Labyrinth tune.  They also covered one of my favorite songs of all time, Ritchie Valens' "Come On Let's Go."
Because they come from San Antonio and are from Latin descent, they're being put in the Latino, in the Tejano, in the Alt Latino categories. This sound is Female Punk Rockabilly. I am pretty sure I just made that up. Google that shit. I love it. I want to dye my hair, paint on the eyeliner, and join the band. Or just prance in the background.

The girls are happy with Blackheart Records: It's a "very low-key, relaxed label, which is perfect for us," they say.  And you know, I should backtrack a bit.  Joan Jett got to them after they'd been touring a few years - even after Morrissey pulled them out of their little touring van and onto a plane to London.  After they released Both Before I'm Gone on Blackheart, they opened for Cyndi Lauper and Social Distortion.

I love that they have their own sound but do an amazing job of paying tribute to those who influenced their sound. Their second album, Trio BC, is named after the girls' Grandfather's band from the 50's. Then on Adventures in Coverland, there is pretty much a cover from every band or artist that influenced them, including Selena.

It's hard to pick a favorite from album #1, but I'm going to share "Mr Chivalry" from Both Before I'm Gone and "Come On Let's Go" from Adventures in Coverland.

Click to Play Girl in a Coma - Mr. Chivalry

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