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Friday, August 31, 2007
Girl in a Coma All about the band, in their own words

Members: Nina Diaz (guitar/vocals), Phanie Diaz (drums) and Jenn Alva (bass)

Sometimes we cover: Songs by the Ramones

Other band names in the running: We use to be Girls in a Coma, and as you can see, we majorly stretched it by dropping the s.

Most treasured instrument(s): Everything we have! Especially an old guitar signed by Frank Black.

(Un)official slogan: "Find your music, don't let it come to you."

Why we rock so hard: Well . . . just because.

After a gig, nothing tastes better than: Water.

How the group formed: In 1996, we (Jenn and Phanie) started playing in punk bands around San Antonio. In 2001, Nina (Phanie's younger sister) shared a song with us that she wrote herself at age 12. Blown away by her voice and writing ability, we all decided to start a band together.

Musical guilty pleasure(s): Lionel Richie (and we are not really guilty about that!).

When not making music: Nina is writing plays and Jenn is discovering new vegetarian platters.

Touring must-have(s): Music, bread and peanut butter, disinfectant spray (it tends to stink in the van) and did we mention music?

How do you handle an obvious onstage blunder? We laugh about it and make sure everyone knows whose fault it was.

Any stage banter you wish you could rescind: Nope, never.

Most curious audience interaction: A 67-year-old woman in Reno who tried to make out with us after our show!

Catch us live: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St.; $5

Web site: www.myspace.com/girlinacoma