Vinyl – – Girl in a Coma “Trio B.C.”


If The Smiths had a trio of daughters with Siouxsie and the Banshees, then they would probably play goth-billy, jangle rock just like this trio. Lead singer Nina Diaz has a penchant for pronouncing precisely the dark thoughts that populate the band’s lyrics. She is backed by her sister, Phanie, and her friend, Jenn Alba. The band occasionally salutes (intentionally or not) the sounds of the 1960s with their harmonies, or with the jangle of a guitar. Still, this recording from 2009 sounds both contemporary and classic. The “dark poetry” of the lyrics, the way phrasing and the driving guitars and punk drums keep the sound of Girl in a Coma fresh for the 21st century.

Songs that are not to be missed on this one include “Pink Lemonade,” “Slaughter Lane,” and “Baby Boy.”

For listeners who have never heard of Girl in a Coma, this is a sonic treasure for any jaded rock or alternative listener who is certain he or she has heard it all. It is cool to hear the style of The Smiths incorporated into the sound of a band, as opposed to flat out imitation.

Girl in a Coma’s “Trio B.C.” is worth a listen, or five. Get it today at

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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