Girl in a Coma bringing back the spirit of rock'n'roll, one fan at a time
July 10, 12:37 PM · Jamie Freedman - SF Music Examiner
Girl in a Coma is probably the most inspiring bands I've come across in awhile. Hailing from San Antonio, these three Latinas have already taken over Texas. Now they're off to conquer the country and they're heading to the west coast next.
I find Girl in a Coma extra inspiring since they are supporters of Girls Rock Camp Austin, Texas, where I first saw them perform. They have won the respect of Joan Jett, who signed them to her label Blackheart Records and Morrissey, who they toured with last year. To me they embody everything that Girls Rock Camp represents: talented female musicians playing straight up, hard rocking music while being true to themselves and having fun.
Girl in a Coma is sisters Nina (vocals/guitars) and Phanie Diaz (drums) and friend Jenn Alva (bass). Phanie and Jenn played together in high school and were always looking for that last link. Little did they know that the it would be Phanie's 12 year old sister Nina. Now, almost a decade later, Girl in a Coma has released their second studio album Trio B.C., named after the Diaz sisters grandfather's band.
I had a chance to catch Nina over the phone while the band was on their way to Philadelphia. I wanted to know what it was like being in a band that represented so much sexually and politically while being a straight up for-the-love-of-the music kind of band. Here are some of the highlights of our chat:
On being an all-girl band, (including a set of sisters) how they
get along with each other, and what Girls Rock Camp means to them:
On the San Antonio music scene:
On touring with Morrissey:
On Morrissey's large Latino fan base:
On female empowerment and Joan Jett:
Girl in a Coma will be playing at the Bottom of the Hill next Thursday night, July 16th. Miss Derringer will open.
Also, come support the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp showcase tomorrow, July 11th at the Oakland Metro Opera House where the campers will be playing the songs that they've been writing for the past five days.From the myspace blog:
The tour, as always, has been amazing. Miss Derringer has been so sweet and great. Fun, great music and sincere sweet folks. What more do you need? Everyshow has been great.. we have the occasional slip up, and the occasional bad sound.. but f*** it... its rock and roll.
The album has been doing great. Critics receiving it well. Some a bit confused of the fact that we didnt choose a genre. but what fun is that? if you like something then play it. simple. don't over analyze.. just listen.