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Nina Diaz of Girl in a Coma Talks Tour and ‘Exits and All the Rest.’ - Interview

Nina Diaz fronts an exciting punk/rock band called Girl in a Coma. The band’s new album, “Exits and All the Rest (read review here),” is currently out and the all girl band are headlining their own tour. I recently checked out Diaz and company when they played Chicago’s Double Door (read review here). Before the group pulled into town, Diaz took time out to chat about the tour, the new album and their music.

Q – You front the band Girl in a Coma (GIAC) with your sister, Phanie, on drums and childhood friend, Jenn, on bass. Having such a close relationship with each member, are there ever times when bickering or bitterness rears their ugly heads? How do you manage to get along while spending so much time together?

A - We are all individuals and yet have grown together as musicians and people. All has been for the better and we know each other so well that we know when we are pissing each other off.

Q – Your songwriting is amazing, both lyrically and musically. Lots of times music comes with great melodies but horrible lyrics or vice versa. What is your song writing process like? Does it start with an idea, lyrics, music, etc.?

A - Well, I guess it comes from that weird space in the back of my mind. I’m constantly thinking and over thinking to the point I feel panic with so many ideas. I just try to put all these vibes into a controlled environment such as a song. Lyrics usually come as the music is being written; all the time it’s on my acoustic.

Q – I’ve watched the band grow since the first album, “Both Before I’m Gone.” How has GIAC evolved from when the band first came onto the scene?

A – We’ve learned our instruments better I think, and definitely have found a great energy with our fans. If anything since the first album we have survived off of the strength of our fans.