with Girl in a Coma
May 13, 2:59 PMChicago Music Industry ExaminerNatalie Kuchik
All female rock band Girl
in a Coma from San Antonio, TX have been working non stop in 2010
with countless tours and releasing Adventures in Coverland. Girl in
a Coma recently opened up for Sia at Chicago's Vic Theatre and I got
to talk with singer/guitarist Nina Diaz, drummer Phanie Diaz and bass
player Jenn Alva before the sold out show.
Raining all day in Chicago causing Girl in a Coma to be late for soundcheck
did not damper the ladies jokingly fun spirits when I got to sit down
and chat with them. Lead singer Nina Diaz sat with guitar in lap throughout
the entire interview and I perceived her to be the most shy but soon
found out she is the most outspoken. "I am constantly trying
to get Phanie to wear dresses with fluffy shoulders but she won't
do it," Nina jokes. The ability to poke fun at one another without
taking it personal is a good quality to have when two sisters are
Girl in a Coma recently finished performing with The Present and went
right into supporting a leg of Sia's North American tour. Jumping
from one tour the next is something Girl in a Coma has gotten used
to Jenn explains, "We are used to it. We do our own tours which
are fairly small and then we will do something like The Wedding Present
which is medium size and then something like this (Vic)." Transiting
from one tour to the next means changing up the set list to better
accompany each audience's musical taste. "The Wedding Present
was more well known in the eighties so they have more of an older
crowd and more of an alternative sound. Sia is more on the pop side,
she is newer so I am sure it is going to be a completely different
crowd," Phanie explained. Jenn adds on, "If we are touring
with a harder more punk band we will do our faster stuff. We are with
Sia so we are still going to do our more mellow stuff," Nina
jokingly adds, "We are still going to rock their faces off."
Three piece EP Adventures
in Coverland is helping to promote Girl in a Coma's second studio
album Trio B.C. which was released last year. Nina explains, "It
shows the influence that helped make the particular sounds for that
album. 'Slaughter Lane' has a bit of rockabilly vibe so Patsy Kline
you can see similarities of the styles," Nina goes on to say,
"It is just to put the focus back on Trio B.C before we come
out with anything." Adventures in Coverland is three piece EP
that was only released in digital and vinyl editions. "Blackheart
(Records) said we were going to do it on vinyl which we love, and
only digital so no CD. They said, 'You guys think of something, it
will be a normal vinyl layout but it will fold out so think of something.
'We thought of a board game to get people to buy the vinyls,"
said bass player Jenn.
Choosing songs for Adventures in Coverland was a collaboration between
all three girls. "We had a whole page full of things from Elvis
to Jeff Buckley and as we were picking out the songs it was more of
whatever was easier to learn and make our own style out of it. Jeff
Buckley for me was a little too difficult right now for me to pick
it up, it is a whole other world," explains Nina.
Putting the Girl in a Coma spin on older classic songs came naturally
for the girls Nina explains, "I looked up the song, and learned
by ear since I don't know how to read notes. Then I re-arranged it
and gave it to the girls. Since Jenn didn't even hear the song she
wrote a new bass line as if it was a completely new song of ours.
Phanie listened to the drums but then would pick out certain things
so we treated it as if it was one of our own songs." Ranging
from Selina's "Si Una Vez" to The Beatles "While My
Guitar Gently Weeps", Girl in a Coma covers seven diverse artists
that shaped them as musicians.
Adventures in Coverland:
“Si Una Vez” (orig. by Selena)
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (orig. by The Beatles)
“Transmission” (orig. by Joy Division)
“As The World Falls Down” (orig. by David Bowie)
“Come On, Let's Go” (orig. by Ritchie Valens)
“Walkin’ After Midnight” (orig. by Patsy Cline)
“Femme Fatale” (orig. by The Velvet Underground)
For more on this interview
that I talk to Girl in a Coma about being females in the music industry,
favorite songs, favorite lyrics from Girl in a Coma songs, and much
more go to Estrella Online.