One of the most awesome nights of my life happened last month when I saw Girl In A Coma, an amazing chicana/Latina rock girl group, play at Fitzgerald’s in Houston, Texas.
Girl in a Coma is a trio is based deep in the heart of San Antonio, Texas, and consists of two sisters, Phanie and Nina Diaz and longtime friend, Jenn Alva. The band’s music contains upbeat, rocking guitar riffs mixed with influences from The Smiths, Jeff Buckley, Elvis, and Patsy Cline.
Ever since the night my sister showed me their cover of Selena’s “Si Una Vez,” I’ve been in love with this band. So seeing Girl In a Coma play was an awesome experience. They played with Another Run and Pinata Protest, and although these opening acts rocked out, it was truly Girl In A Coma’s night.
Girl In A Coma opened up with a hardcore tune called “BB” and the crowd went wild, no lie. A few people even started moshing. Even for those unfamiliar with this band, it’d be hard not to have fun at one of their shows. This show lived up to Texas’ big reputation: there was an onstage make-out session, crowd surfing, and a super romantic proposal!
The band delivers excellent live performances packed full of energy and awesome surprises on top of music that is already top quality on its own. I love Girl In A Coma not only for their amazing talent and raw energy, but also for the message they send. With two members being openly gay and the whole group being comprised of powerful Latina (or Mexican-American) women, they truly are an inspiration to be your true self and to follow your dreams all the way.
Hopefully I’ve made you really jealous by now, but not to worry. I’m not just bragging and fawning over Girl In A Coma. I’m giving you a head’s up, because this band is coming back to town.
Mark your calendars: Girl In A Coma will be opening up for The Smashing Pumpkins on May 15th, 2013, at The Bayou Music Center in Houston, TX.
In the meantime, have a listen to one of my favorite songs from this amazing band, “Smart” from their latest album, Exits & All The Rest.
Check them out at www.girlinacoma.com.
–words and images by Manda Cantu