a Coma full of life
By CRYSTAL OLVERA
May 15, 2007 - 2:32PM
As Nina Diaz stood next to Joan Jett on stage at Emo’s music
venue in Austin, she knew she had come a long way from listening to
Morrissey records in her bedroom.
“It was pretty intense,” said Diaz, lead singer of the
San Antonio-based trio Girl in a Coma. “Being on stage with
her is crazy. I was very nervous, I was like ‘wow, I played
with Joan Jett.’”
The San Antonio punk-rock ladies, were signed to Jett’s Black
Heart Records label recently and performed at the annual music extravaganza
South by Southwest as part of a label showcase.
The band, scheduled to play Harlingen’s City Lights Tuesday,
were relieved to finally release their debut album “Both Before
I’m Gone” May 1.
“It’s like a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Diaz
said. “These songs have been around for a long time. It’s
exciting to get them out for people to hear. It feels good.”
The record was produced by veteran Kenny Laguna, and Eric Sanger and
Gabe Gonzales, both formerly of Sparta, Diaz said. The album boasts
a melodic array of punk rock gems that buzz with energy creating a
sound that is a mix between The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Metric.
The band, composed of Jenn Alva, 27, on bass, Phanie D., 26, on drums
and Nina Diaz, 19, on vocals and guitar, recorded the album in Austin
and New York. Diaz, chief songwriter of the group, said recording
was a natural process.
“As soon as we were in there we banged them out,” said
From straight-up rockers like “Clumsky Sky” and “Say”
to the dreamy ’50s-inspired ballad “Their Cell,”
the trio manages to provide a fun lineup of moody, pop-punk tracks
that are sure to quench the thirst of their loyal fan base.
Both polished and brash at the same time, the record’s punk
sound is propelled to prettier pastures with Diaz’s vocals.
Diaz’s ability to sway from roar to whisper compliments each
song’s brazen guitars and pop melodies.
With a wide selection of influences that range from Fiona Apple and
Jeff Buckley to Billie Holiday, Diaz said she’s still has a
lot to learn.
“Singing to me is like acting. When you get into your character
you try to know everything about it, and become it,” Diaz said.
Diaz, also the band’s lyricist, says she mostly gets her inspiration
from books or her own experiences.
“I get my inspiration from life,” she said. “I wouldn’t
be able to sing anyone else’s lyrics cause I couldn’t
really feel it.”
Diaz said the band is scheduled to begin a tour in early August which
will consist of several Warped Tour dates and a possible stint with
Canadian indie-rock duo Tegan and Sara.