By Michael Shinafelt
Girl in a Coma, if the name of this San Antonio based female rock
band brings to mind Morrissey's song "Girlfriend in a Coma"
there is a reason for that, the name of the band is a tribute to one
of "The Girl's" many influences.
Their debut album is titled Both "Before I'm Gone" the
first single is "Clumsky Sky".
"The Girls" consist of Nina Diaz on vocals, her sibling
Phanie Diaz on drums and in the house with us bass player Jenn Alva!
MS: How cool is it to be on Joan Jett's indie label Blackheart Records?
JA: It's the best, it does not get any better, we are very lucky!
MS: I got my first black eye at the age of 40 at a Joan Jett concert
this past November. Some guy pounced on me out of nowhere and I shoved
him and he punched me in the eye!
JA: Wow! I would have done the same thing you did though, when you
were telling me the story my eyebrows got all clenched I was mad for
MS: I really dig the video for your song "Road to Home".
JA: Nina came up with the concept, the video is not what the song
is about, the song is about us going on tour and we come home. The
video has Amanda Lepore onstage lip-synching the song and us in the
audience watching as well as Joan Jett and this scruffy guy. The scruffy
guy transforms into a woman and at the end he is the one lip-synching
MS: It is really effective and eye catching.
JA: For our first video to have all this going for us is really great!
MS: Your debut CD is really great, what fascinates me are the different
influences from song to song on it, for example "Road to Home"
has a country influence then "I'll Ask Him" has a 50's do
whop kind of kick.
JA: Exactly! We have our core sound and then we always add a little
twist to it, Nina goes through phases of different types of music
she is into, which is great because then the songs have variety. She
sits down with an acoustic guitar and writes the songs, then we come
in and put our own parts down.
MS: Tell us a little bit about your release "Both Before I'm
JA: The title is a partial quote from James Dean; the actual quote
is "Both Before I'm Done". Nina likes to change things up
a little, like the band title Girl in a Coma being a take off on the
Morrissey song "Girlfriend in a Coma". There are four new
songs to us on the actual album the rest of them we have been working
on for six years.
MS: Dish on what you guys are like when you are not working?
JA: We are real goofballs, we're really silly! We did this TV show
for an English speaking Latin station that followed us around so it
was very raw. Phanie and I have been best friends forever so we are
really stupid together; I like to bug Phanie with the camera a lot.
There was this one point in the show where I followed her into a room
with the camera and said: "Oh, what a surprise, on the computer
again"! We always give her shit because she is always on it,
she looks up and tells me to "Shut the Fuck up!" and I tease
her and say â€œTell me what you are doing?" Her
response was too funny, she goes "I don't have to fucking tell
you goddamn all the time, this isn't the fucking 'Wonder Years' I
don't have to narrate everything!" (laughs) The way she explodes
MS: So does your fan base tend to be more female or male?
JA: It leans a little more towards female, it's funny though cause
when the three of us go out guys come up to us and say My girlfriend
loves you! The thing is you can tell that they like us too.