For those unfamiliar with Girl in a Coma can you give us some background
on the band?
It's three girls and we've been together for about 10 years. After
a couple of months we did our first show and a few years after that
we started touring. We are signed to Blackheart Records and have two
How did you come up with the band name Girl in a Coma?
Its from a song called "Girlfriend in a Coma" by “The
You are in the middle of your first headlining tour, how has that
It's great we started with Agent Ribbons & Gringo Star and now
we are out with Hacienda and Sick of Sarah. Its going great!
What has been the best part of the tour so far?
Getting to touring with the new bands and seeing all the new faces
in the crowd.
You have a new album coming out in October, New Adventures in Coverland
can you tell us a little more about that?
Yeah it's a side project something to put out for the fans while we
wait for the third album to be put out. We decided to do some covers
to show some of our influences and we narrowed it down to things we
thought we could actually pull off. We added three other songs, we
actually did another cover, a new acoustic version of our of our old
songs and we actually had the privilege of a writing a song for Robert
Rodriguez’s new movie, Machete.
The title of your most recent album, Trio B.C. is a tribute to your
Grandfather can you elaborate on that?
Yeah when my Grandfather was younger he was a musician and he had
a band called Trio B.C., we still don't know what the B.C. stands
for. He played accordion, guitar and drums it's just our way of remembering
You were discovered and signed by Joan Jett when you performing were
performing in NYC, what has it been like to work with such a female
It's been great especially because of all she’s done. She instantly
took a chance on us because when we played that show in New York there
was about five people there. She saw the potential and took a chance
on us and offered us a contract and we began from there. She’s
a huge support and we have complete musical freedom.
"Joanie in the City" actually features Joan Jetton it and
it is about the being a woman in the industry. What do you feel are
some of the biggest challenges faces females trying to make it in
Well when you get to the venue the first thing you get is 'what band
member is your boyfriend?' and then when we get on stage they expect
us to be all bitchy and not know how to play our instruments. We are
not feminist, not all girl power or anything. We're just musicians
it shouldn't be about gender, it's art. People not taking us seriously
but by the end of the show I think we prove our point.
What advice would you give to an aspiring female artist?
Don't let it get you down and don't feel that you have to be a certain
way. Because everyone thinks you have to look a certain way, be "hot"
or whatever to be in a girl band. You don't have to look like anything
as long as you are happy with what you are playing. If you are comfortable
in your own skin is the main thing. Don’t let any one tell you
to do any thing you are not comfortable doing.
That’s great advice. So who do you consider some of your top
I have really gotten into Jeff Buckley, I'm almost obsessed with him.
The other girls are worried about me because I am convinced we are
going to get married some day. Bjork is a big influence and Mike Patton.
Do you have a dream collaboration?
Mike Patton, definitely
Anything else in store for Girl in a Coma this year?
We are going to keep touring and start working on the third album
and hopefully have something new for everybody next year.
Who: Girl in a Coma w/ Support Acts Hacienda and Sick of Sarah
When: September 14th, 2010 Doors 5:30pm
Where: Triple Rock Social Club
629 Cedar Av. S. Minneapolis, MN