CHICAGO MUSIC SEEN
Sia and Girl in a Coma at the Vic on 4/26/10
Admittedly, I am no punk
rocker and never was. The closest I ever came was on senior punk day
in high school when I wore my hair in a side pony (not very punk you
say?) and a shiny pink zipper jacket with a TON of make-up. Oh, I
also liked the B-52's (new wave not equal to punk you say?). So, not
having heard of the band Girl in a Coma (now for obvious reasons),
I was taken a bit off guard (my inner punkrocker was always hard to
locate). The band name, I have now learned, was modified from the
Smith's song "Girlfriend in a Coma". Sounds so much better
doesn't it? The band consists of Nina Diaz (lead vocals and guitar),
her sister Phanie on drums, and Jenn Alva on bass. Their records are
released on Blackheart records, co-owned by Joan Jett, who does actually
make an appearance on their recording "Joanie and the City".
The band is a San Antonio based punk band that displays moments of
rockabilly and 60's Latino rock (listen to song "Ven Cerea"
for a sample). When the band mellowed a bit with "El Monte"
(see video below) you could (finally!) appreciate Nina Diaz's throaty
and complex voice. She is very talented (and I was not a believer!).
She sounds, in this song, like the sibling of Brandi Carlisle (who
is fabulously talented). So, the band is nuanced and there is a bit
of something for all of us, even if you are not a head banging punk
rocker like me. For more visit www.girlinacoma.com. Their sophomore
release "Trio B.C." is getting good reviews. All in all
they get a 4 out of 5 guitar rating (especially if you are a punk