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Girl In A Coma Cast Their Spell Over The Knitting Factory

April 15, 2008 - The Knitting Factory, New York, NY
Posted by DanielaInfinity (from, New York, NY, at 2:23 pm EST on Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

It is midnight and I just returned home, still blissed out on the endorphin rush that is familiar to all fans who have spent a few hours basking in the swelling rhythms of their favorite band.

I am slightly ashamed to admit that I have lived in NYC for almost four years now and managed to go all this time without seeing a show at the Knitting Factory. When I heard that Girl in a Coma, who recently performed at SXSW and opened for Morrissey on his European tour (and who melt my face with their rockery), were playing at the Knitting Factory this spring, I decided to kill two birds with one stone — see both the Factory and my new favorite band, all for the first time. Together. Under one roof made of rock.

The result?

Well, for the next few weeks I am going to be a very vocal walking advertisement along the tune of “Guess what, kids? The Knitting Factory will be seeing a lot more of me in the future, and Girl in a Coma sound even better live than they do on their album!” (yes, that is possible).

I also pledge allegiance to the rock that I promise to attend more live shows this year. The interwebs is great and all, but tonight definitely taught me that streaming singles on MySpace only gets you so hyped. My thirst for live band interaction was definitely quenched this evening. Besides finally seeing Girl in a Coma up close and personal (I crammed my way to the center edge of the stage — jealous?), I also stumbled on two other bands who have now been “iliked.” Yay for not being a hermit and checking out my local music scene!

Before Girl in a Coma came on I had a chance to see the Isles. The lead singer seemed to be channeling both the Killers and Morrissey while raiding Vampire Weekend’s wardrobe. Hey, that’s cool with me! This indie-pop group had a large sect of young ladies (and some guys) swooning and tapping their toes while taking about a hundred cell phone pictures. However, most of the men seemed more interested in the bar. Hey, it was 7:30 p.m. and there was some sort of special going on. Even so, I enjoyed the Isles’ set. My favorite song was “Flying Under Cheap Kites” — the clever lyrics were cheerily macabre over the up tempo, which always suites me fine. (”I’d be dead/ But there’s nothing worth dying for/ In my skin/ There’s times that I don’t belong.”) Keep the youth despondent, I say! Just kidding, I love life.

Next on the bill were BoySkout. This Brooklyn-based band via San Francisco has been compared to early Cure and Elastica. They have a large following within the GLBT community, as do Girl in a Coma, but it would be unfair to pigeonhole them as a queer band. Granted, it wasn’t easy to ignore the rush of stylish andro ladies when lead singer Leslie Satterfield asked the crowd to come closer — they most definitely complied and almost squished me in the process. Fortunately, their enthusiastic loyalty ensured me a primo standing spot in front of Leslie, where I enjoyed her jaunty command of the stage as she tossed her tie behind her while peeling out squealing, bouncy melodies from her guitar. At this point the crowd, now warmed up thanks to the Isles, was a mix of hipster types of all persuasions who were definitely receptive to BoySkout’s brand of danceable indie-pop.

Then finally at around 10 p.m., Girl in a Coma were on! Lead vocalist/guitarist Nina commanded the crowd as she easily transitioned from sultry songbird to Iggy Pop-like stage antics (squirming on the floor with her guitar, sweating profusely), and still managed to make it all look easy. They played almost all of their songs from the album Both Before I’m Gone (currently featured on iTunes), including two new ones. A large portion of the crowd sang along to the ballad “Their Cell,” and the more up-tempo/rockin’ “Say.” Like at a Morrissey concert, there was a large group of Hispanic peeps in the crowd, loyally dancing and singing the whole way through (I was one of them).

When the show was over, and after two encores, the members of Girl in a Coma graciously posed with the line of fans that instantly appeared as soon as the amps were unplugged. Jenn let me take a picture of her with her bass, and I left the Knitting Factory wishing that I had thought of checking it out four years ago.