Artist: Girl In A Coma
Title: “Adventures In Coverland” Vol. 2
Label: Blackheart Records
Release Date: 4/20/2010
Genre: Hard Rock/Punk
Setup with the premise of friends attempting to catch every Girl In A Coma gig before they reach their hometown; the release of the three volume vinyl “Adventures In Coverland” finds the girls dishing out some very interesting versions of tunes that many people know and some that are still a mystery. Let’s examine each of them individually for maximum appreciation.
“Volume 2” finds the girls dishing out the Post-Punk strains of the Joy Division with “Transmission” and while the original Industrial tasting Dance Punk track was fine as it was, those Girls In A Coma show us just how interesting it can sound in a minimalistic acoustic sense. Their version is fraught with sorrow and despair when it gets to its closing melodies and I had to say that it was rather powerful and held some impact. The crescendo builds and builds until it leaves us with the solitary lonely voice of singer Nina Diaz. I am sure if Ian Curtis were alive to hear it that he would have approved. The second track done on the “AIC” is David Bowie’s “As The World Falls Down” and this tune was done originally for the movie “Labyrinth”. Its a film in which the Great White Duke portrays Jareth the Goblin King and I must admit that I have only actually heard the original a couple of times before and have yet to see the film. The girls do a better musical version of the tune but of course Bowie is the voice that is perfect for it. I would have loved to hear this as a collaboration more than a cover, but that is not what these albums are about. So far so good I had to say as the band focused their energies on interesting and out of the ordinary tracks and made me look forward to the next and apparently final chapter.
I felt that releasing these “Adventures” on vinyl was a pretty cool thing for those who are still indulging in the medium but it is no longer as common as it used to be and no one will argue that fact. With this being the case one has to hope that all three editions of these releases will be lumped together on a single CD for mass market consumption. Each record comes in a highly decorative sleeve, and when you remove them from the packaging and place them together you will see that they form a board game that follows the adventures of the friends whom we referenced early in the review. The tunes are also available via I-tunes as downloads if that is your method of purchasing.
1. Transmission (Joy Division)
2. As The World Falls Down (David Bowie)
Official Website: http://www.girlinacoma.com