TOLEDO FREE PRESS
a Coma makes Toledo debut at Frankie’s
On the road promoting its latest album “Adventures in Coverland,” Girl in a Coma will hit the stage with Murder by Death and Ninja Gun.
Drummer Phanie Diaz said the band will play a blend of tracks from its albums, “Both Before I’m Gone” (2007), “Trio B.C.” (2009) and “Adventures in Coverland.”
“We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band,” Diaz said. “We go everywhere. We have punk rock songs, rockabilly songs, we have ballads; it’s just a big mesh of different things.”
Diaz said the band received rave reviews on its latest album and she enjoys playing their versions of the famous tunes for fans.
“A lot of people like our versions,” she said. “It’s a big mix so there’s something for everybody.”
While her favorite song selections change on a whim, Diaz said right now she loves playing their fierce rendition of Selena’s “Si Una Vez.”
“The original song is more of like a heart-broken love song, but we’ve turned it very fast and aggressive, more so that she’s angry versus heartbroken,” Phanie said. “I love the way we do it.”
Band mates and best mates of 17 years, Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz met in junior high in San Antonio, Texas. Guitarist Alva plays bass. Nina Diaz, Phanie’s younger sister, does most of the songwriting and all of the vocals.
As an all-female, all-Latina group with two openly gay members, Diaz said, they started to draw crowds of great diversity at their shows. Girl in a Coma has toured throughout the U.S. and in Europe; they’ve played with Cyndi Lauper and opened for Pogues, Tegan and Sara and Social Distortion.
Tickets are $13 in advance and can be purchased at Culture Clash
Records and Ramalama Records. Tickets will be $15 at the door on the
night of the show; all ages are welcome at this event and doors open
at 9 p.m.