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Girl in a Coma
San Antonio trio re-returns to El Paso
By Leonard Martinez

San Antonio trio Girl In A Coma have performed in El Paso so many times it’s hard to believe they once had a problem with playing here.

Well, they didn’t exactly have a problem with El Paso, just a problem getting here. But once they got here, El Paso fell in love with them.

“It’s a Texas thing and we’re Latinas and that has a lot to do with it,” bassist Jenn Alva said of why she thinks El Pasoans love the band. “We get a lot of support from the community. There’s always been a passionate crowd there. When we first started we had a lot of bad luck with the van breaking down every time we tried to go to El Paso. We called it the El Paso curse. The curse has been broken so we enjoy going there.”

Girl In A Coma, who released their sophomore album “Trio B.C.” on Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records last month, will perform at Zeppelin’s Underground on Saturday.

Q. Compared to the first album, you all had a shorter turnaround time to write songs for the second album. Did the band write while touring in support of the first album or did the band decide to wait until after the tour to start writing for album two?
We’re constantly writing. A lot of the songs for the second album were written on tour whenever we got the chance. Nina (Diaz, singer) would come out to the van and would record herself on her laptop to get something down.

Q. “Trio B.C.” doesn’t fit a particular genre. Was that a conscious decision or was it just a product of the songwriting process?
It just kind of happened. Some people think it’s a little weird, some like the variety. Music is an art and there shouldn’t be any rules. We’re just having fun.

Q. “Trio B.C.” co-producer Greg Collins has quite a resume. What was it like working with him and was it different than working with Gabriel Gonzalez, the album’s other producer?
Greg was great. It was a little different than working with Gabe. Gabe’s our buddy and it’s great working with him. We wanted him to come back and set the foundation. When we found out we were working with Greg we had all these thoughts of what it would be like. He has great ideas and he challenged us all which I guess is what we secretly wanted. I guess I was intimidated a little because he specializes in bass. I’m OK but I’m not a professional musician. It was really enjoyable.

Q. Sonic Ranch in Tornillo has become the hot place to record. Run into any other bands while you were recording there last year?
We just missed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. We got there when Mudvayne was there. Mudvayne lead singer, Chad Gray, was there and asked what we were doing there. We told him we were recording an album and some Christmas songs. Later on that evening, he came to our house and knocked on the door, saying he came from over the border and to let him in. We all laughed about it and had a good time talking. The guys we met were real sweet, real nice. It’s not the music I’m into, but they were sweet.

Q. Did you get to meet or talk to Morrissey when the band opened for him?
We talked to him a few times and the last night was nice because he came into our dressing room and brought us a bottle of champagne and told us to have a great show. It was about ten minutes, but it was real cool.