Artist: Girl In A Coma
Title: “Adventures In Coverland” Vol. 3
Label: Blackheart Records
Release Date: 4/27/2010
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 3” brings us to the final chapter in these adventures and lucky for all of their fans the girls have decided to close this whole project up with three tunes instead of the two which we had found on the two other editions. This one kicks off with Richie Valens own “Come On, Let’s Go” and it is a rousing number and they don’t back on putting their Punkish style foot on the floor. My fingers were tapping as this one played and I had to say that it was the most lively that all of the previous adventures tracks thus far. Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” had an interesting flow to it and a slight heaviness based on the way the drums and guitar riffs kicked it up. I liked hearing this song in this fashion as opposed to the way how every single American Idol female contender does it. There also sounded like there were some horns snuck in there but that could have been my imagination. They close it all up with a little bit of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground and I really enjoyed the chorus the most in this one but could not fairly gauge how the VU fans might react since I was never one of them to begin with. Towards the end there is a slow section that you feel the audience might participate in and I did find myself moving to it a little more than I would have expected myself to. Even though I leaned a little bit on the first chapter of these recordings I had to say that the overall energy delivered on chapter three was probably the thing that made this my favorite. It was safe to say that the Girl In A Coma’s “AIC” 1, 2 and 3 were a great idea and something that took the far too often used idea of releasing covers to a new level. Thank you GIAC for doing this with a whole lot more thought into the process. I salute you.
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. Come On, Let’s Go (Richie Valens)
2. Walkin’ After Midnight (Patsy Cline)
3. Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground)
Official Website: http://www.girlinacoma.com