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Girl in a Coma makes Toledo debut at Frankie’s
Written by Hannah Nusser | | hnusser@toledofreepress.com


After touring on and off for more than six years, all-girl rock trio Girl in a Coma will make its Toledo debut at Frankie’s on Oct. 8.

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.”


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“Coverland” was released in three volumes on 7-inch vinyl in April. The collection includes covers of famous songs by the likes of Selena, The Beatles, Patsy Cline and David Bowie. A CD version of “Coverland” will be released Oct. 19. The CD features three bonus tracks including an extra cover, an acoustic version of a formerly released song and a new track “Yo Oigo,” which was featured in Robert Rodriguez’s 2010 film “Machete.”

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.