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Girl in a Coma to play House of Rock
Richard Guerrero Jr. Special to the Caller-Times

Friday, April 2, 2010

CORPUS CHRISTI — Flattery can get you everywhere -- or at least an opening slot for a revered hero.

San Antonio's Girl in a Coma famously got the nod from UK alternative pop icon Morrissey after the singer fired longtime opener Kristeen Young in 2007. Girl in a Coma wound up opening the rest of the legendarily thin-skinned singer's U.S. tour as well as a European leg to boot.

Girl in a Coma, which takes its name from the 1987 song "Girlfriend in a Coma" by Morrissey's former band The Smiths, is back in Corpus Christi to promote a new set of EPs set to drop throughout the month of April. The all-female trio performs Saturday at the House of Rock with support acts Odis and The Reely Rotnz. Show starts at 9 p.m.; cover is $10.

Formed in 2001, Girl in a Coma is led by charismatic vocalist/guitarist Nina Diaz, whose sultry croon reveals a distinctive and unmistakable Morrissey influence. Diaz's sister, Phanie, recruited the then-tween singer to play with her and family friend Jenn Alva after several garage band projects proved unsuccessful.

The band signed with Joan Jett's Blackheart Records label in 2006 following a performance at the Knitting Factory in New York City. To date, the band has released two albums for the label: "Both Before I'm Gone" in 2007 and "Trio B.C." two years later. Opening slots for Cyndi Lauper, the Pogues, Social Distortion and Tegan and Sara followed.

In lieu of a new album, Girl in a Coma has opted for a three vinyl/digital EP set called "Adventures in Coverland" that features an eclectic assortment of covers ranging from Ritchie Valens to Joy Division to Selena. "Vol. One," which features Selena's "Si Una Vez" and The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," will be available April 13; "Vol II" will be available April 20 with "Vol. III" dropping at the end of the month.