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It seems that have been few times during the lifespan of rock music that an all female bands pokes their head out of the club scene to make a name for themselves and really capture peoples attention. Starting with Joan Jett and Lita Ford’s band The Runaways in the 70s, in the 80s it was the Go-Go’s; in the 90s it was the Donnas. Now the 2000s finally have a band that girls can get behind—Girl In A Coma.

Hailing from San Antonio (where apparently they know how to rock and what picante sauce should taste like) come the three girls who make up Girl In A Coma: Nina Diaz (vocals), sister Phanie Diaz (drums) and Jenn Alva (bass). One of the most amazing parts of their story is that Nina started singing for the band when she was only 12 years-old. It’s also quite a lot to live up to when you are fronting, playing guitar and writing songs for your older sister’s band. From there the band went on to gig around the area for five years honing their craft. From there they caught the attention of Joan Jett at a industry showcase where she promptly signed the girls to her Blackheart label and toured the country with Morrissey (the girls got their name from The Smith’s song “Girlfriend In A Coma”).

It would be easy to write the girls off as just a “chick band” with all the power of a marshmallow. However, the bands sound is a force to be reckoned with combining punk, pop with the vocal stylings of Brit pop. Nina can scream with the ferociousness of Bjork, rock like Joan Jett or croon like Morrissey. Their songs like “Say” and “Clumsy Sky” can appeal to old and young alike, boys or girls, with music that is a much honest and heartfelt as it can be aggressive.

With constant touring and fans turning out at every show it shouldn’t take long before Girl In A Coma has gained fame beyond the Southwest region.

Lance Lester is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and opinionated music lover. To read more about what Lance is listening to, visit him on his personal music blog, Bona Fide Darling.


Posted by Lance L. on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8:19 pm