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GIRL IN A COMA: BOYS AND GIRLS IN BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL.

Live in Santa Barbara at the Muddy Waters Café – June 12, 2007

It was written in the newspaper like in blood ink swimming through the pages of a sacred book: “Girl in a coma” is coming to town! A storm is about to break through, three girls: lead vocals and guitar Nina Diaz, her sister Phanie Diaz on drums and Jenn Alva on bass guitar are about to burst as a living volcano and pour down our souls their rage for living…and kicking!

It’s all happening at some groovy café called “Muddy Waters”
( http://personal.linkline.com/muddywaters ), a new breed of lounge that will make you swing happy with a smile in between heaven and hell.

I’m a virgin when it came to “Girl in a coma” ( www.girlinacoma.com ) and therefore the perfect creature to be purified and converted by these new Goddesses of Rock’n’Roll and their mad rush of a thundering songs. Just crossing their eye-sight upon meeting them and during the show trying to look but not stare, I felt the pulse of their latin blood as if the rise of the Mayan or Aztec Empire was about to sacrifice me for the promise of an eternal musical orgasm. Listen to their album “Both before I’m gone” on Blackheart ( www.blackheart.com ) and you’ll feel the drift of their pains and joys. Painful life is; a mean bitch with a sexy ass is my true thought about it. Breath in, as if it was your last bubble of air, the spleen-like melodies of “Simple Man” or the searching as in “Consider” for “a piece of what they long for”. And beyond the twisted, sometimes cloudy skies and seeking paths for a place among the zombies of Earth the ladies with claws will bath you with Hope and Inspiration. Even so the long, long road is barely paved for them, they do get that you need to “Don’t regret a thing because it was fun at the time, smile at all the remarks you made you wish you could just leave behind” (single “Road to home”). There is a Future for the trio, for us as a human race and it is indeed necessary to make amend with our pains and kill them on the side. We need to bury our fears, look straight ahead. Let’s go full speed, jumping on a Harley, breaking the speed limit, full blast, free at last. Enough kissing their sexy ass, I’m wasting my time to try to please, no more tease. Time for the girls to glue me on my seat with some permanent punk-rock acid. Time to shut the fuck and listen to their flirtatious howling at the wild wide opened universe. I’m smashed on the wall now like a happy fly. I’ve been caught in a net by the fatal killer mermaids from Atlantis. I surrender. Hold my breath, take a chance and go for the last and endless spinning dance. As Nina spells it so well in the single song “Clumsy Sky”: “We are the stars that light up the night”…well, girls, you sure light up and rock our lives, until Death does not us apart…because for ever and beyond, we shall meet again…!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Nina, Phanie and Jenn from “Girl in a Coma”:

Boys and girls, seat, shut up and listen…if you don’t, I slap you hard in the face.

Q: Today’s youth seems to me that most of the time they’re asleep on too much drugs or too much hope, and with a name like “Girl in a coma” is it your hope you can wake them up, take them out of their coma, to inspire them to act, instead of waiting for death? Tell them to stop following the masses, to stand up and yell out loud for what they believe?

Girls: Totally!

Jenn: We’re not the average band. We don’t look like MTV made and we’re not what you might expect from a band…

Phanie: And besides it has all be done before too. So we’re not going to seat here and say: “we’re new, we’re fresh, we’re great”. We’re just playing Rock’n’Roll…

Jenn: And we hope you do whatever makes you happy…

Phanie: And we’d like to inspire, girls, boys, whoever. That would be nice too as a goal. But first, let’s have some fun. Play for the music.

Jenn: Being called “Girl in a coma” is cool because there are lots of kids who don’t know about The Smiths ( www.askmeaskmeaskme.com and www.morrisseymusic.com ) and even music from the 70’s and also the pioneers like “The Sex Pistols”…and it’s cool if we can show them where the music, where our inspiration is coming from. When I got into a band I wanted to find out who they were into and this lead me to even greater stuffs. So I hope people do that also with us. That would be rad…

Q: How do you write the lyrics. They are so poetic, so punchy also at the same time. Who is the poet among you girls?

Phanie and Jenn: Here you are the poet and the puncher…(pointing at Nina)

Nina: Yeah, I write the lyrics. I read a lot, got into Oscar Wild because of Morrissey. But really I’m an observer. I like to observe things. I like to listen other people’s conversations and get ideas for songs. I’ve been writing since I could write, since I learned to write…

Q: Are the lyrics and the music complete each other…

Phanie: For sure. Jenn and I have been playing in punks bands since we’re 14 years old. And we could really not get along with any members. They all had egos or they had a 9 to 5 job. We really wanted someone as a lead singer to be focused full time on the band. Nina is my little sister and I heard her one day practicing my guitar in our garage. And I could hear her singing and I though how amazing she was. She showed us a little tape she had made, like if she auditioned for us; but it was not intentional. And it was great. Her voice is great. And on top of that she writes such great lyrics…at such a young age…

Q: What is the one song that you think is clearly telling what the band is about? What song people should listen first to get you, to understand you?

Phanie: I think “Clumsy sky”…

Nina: For me what pops in my head is “Consider” because it’s so powerful. It’s simple. We’re simple and powerful at the same time. For me it’s that song: “Consider”.

Jen: I think “Clumsy Sky” because it starts very slow and then it goes into punk…and Nina has such a sweet voice. I think that who we are: a melodic rock, or a melodic punk…

Q: You’re like a fusion between The Cramps, and The Ramones, and Nirvana at times…Morrissey of course…

Phanie: Right…

Q: But you seem to be also much more positive than a lot of these bands who thought there was no future? You seem to carry some hope for the future?

Jen: For sure. There is lots of music right that sucks and everybody just wants to be everybody else. It’s always an exact replica of that band of that other band. We just want to stick to her guns and show that you can still do this no matter what you look like, who you are, what gender you are, what sexuality you chose. It does not matter because we’re just going to do rock. Nobody gonna tell us how to look, how to be…

Phanie: We get ask a lot how it feels to be an all girls group. We kind of avoid the question because if they want to single us out..well…you know, we’re not feminist, we’re just playing rock’n’roll….

Jenn: We play for the love of rock…not the check book…

Q: Talking about the check book, it seems to me that we’re going through a tough crisis with the music industry to make money. Especially with people pirating music and downloading for free insanely. So what do you think about the internet and what’s the plan to survive in this tough economical environment?

Phanie: what sucks about is the death of the spirit to go shop for a record. Like when you were looking for discover this underground band because of it’s record that you saw and you want to take it home. That’s what sucks with the internet because that act of going to a record store and look for an album is gone. But yet, it’s great that instead of mailing out your cds you can up load it and everyone has access about it. But we hope that by doing the old school stuff by touring, non stop touring and reaching out, and many people experiencing us live, we hope they will get to buy our music. It’s fun to have a cd in your hand and to read it, and to get in that spirit. But indeed it’s hard to get them to buy cd…unless we use some of Jenn’s ideas to push them to buy…

Jenn: In the SD for example you could have a punch out token and you take that to a show, especially for fans, and you’ll get something that nobody else would get…

Q: Like a night with you….?

Girls: Ha! Ha!…(cracking up) Anything to sell a CD!…

Q: I’ll do some massages for you for your fans!

Girls: It’s hard to see that most record stores are so empty and nobody buy cds any more…we need to figure out something…
Q: Totally! Save the record stores! Do you think that because of this crisis there is a better communication and relationship between the bands and their labels, the men in the suits?

Phanie: Well, we have no problem with Blackheart because they are an indie. They understand what’s happening and they are on our side. And they do promote our shows and try to get people back in the spirit of buying records. So we’re lucky. We don’t have to fight with the “suits”.

Jenn: Blackheart used to sell records out of the trunk of their cars so they totally know what to do. I want to stay with people like this who truly fight for what it’s right to do…we have so much freedom and less pressure.

Q: Does being from Texas, from San Antonio, bring something more to a band like yours?

Girls: We love San Antonio!

Phanie: It’s old school…

Nina: It’s very artist oriented. It’s so calm and rich. It’s so beautiful to us. You have to get out there, there are so many new talents popping out from San Antonio.

Q: What was the voice inside you that pushed you out of Texas and take over the “world” ?

Nina: The passion for the music made us do some sacrifices like school. We don’t have a plan B. The passion of music is what motivates us. Even if only one person shows to the show we will give our best. Make people happy…

Phanie: Not being stuck in one city…