When I saw this photo on Facebook yesterday...
... my first reaction was, "Holy shit." These weren't just some female musicians getting together at the studio; that happens all the time. But everything about the photo (the timing, their happiness) was incredibly appealing to me. Girl in a Coma (from left: Phanie, Nina, Jenn) is the symbol of the San Antonio rock scene, and their latest album (Exits & All the Rest) is their best. Carla Morrison is about to win at least one out of four Latin Grammys on Nov. 15, and she's today's hottest Latina singer-songwriter (if she doesn't win one, it'll be one of those surprises people bitch about for a year after each Latin Grammy). And Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes and Bosnian Rainbows, the latter being one of Omar Rodríguez-López's many side projects) is a terrific performer and songwriter that deserved a lot more recognition after Le Butcherette's superb Sin Sin Sin (2011).
These two tracks (two versions of Morrison's songs from her Latin Grammy-nominated Déjenme llorar) were recorded in L.A. recently, and we need more of this type of collaborations. The rockers and rockeros need to play and write more together, exchanging influences and coming up with new sounds.
By the way, let us hope this SA connection will speed up the process of finally bringing Carla Morrison to SA: she was scheduled to perform at the Échale series but had to cancel. Heck: bring them all. Teri only played with Le Butcherettes at AT&T Center in June of last year, but that place is too damn big. We want Teri (and the others) at an intimate venue with great lights and sound. Say, 502. Take heed, promoters. — Enrique Lopetegui