Girl in a Coma is a rock band from San Antonio, Texas – land of puffy tacos, Lone Star Beer, and the place where Ozzy pissed on the Alamo. All through High School best friends Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz spent their Friday nights not at the football games, but in Phanie’s bedroom listening to records, singing along to punk songs, and talking of the band they would someday form.
While Nina is often referred to as “the female version of Morrissey,” the band as a whole has been compared to The Smiths, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Pixies. Drawing from these influences (the band’s name, Girl in a Coma, comes from the classic Smiths song “Girlfriend in a Coma”), the girls have managed to create a sound and style that not only pays homage to their heroes, but is uniquely their own. Nina’s voice is at turns mesmerizing, hypnotic, playful, thunderous, and soft, and has been compared to artists as diverse as Bjork, Patsy Cline, and Morrissey himself.
In addition to playing hundreds of their own headlining shows, Girl in a Coma has played on Vans Warped Tour and has opened for Morrissey, The Pogues, Frank Black and the Catholics, theSTART, The Epoxies, The Eyeliners, Boz Boorer and The Bozmen, The Groovie Ghoulies, The Cruxshadows, Brassy and The Smoking Popes.
Phanie, who plays drums, recently took some time for us to tell us what the band is listening to in rotation in their van right now. They have recently been on tour in support of their newest record, Exits & All The Rest.
Agent Ribbons- Chateau Crone: Agent Ribbons is from Austin ,TX one of our top fav bands.
Black Box Revelation- Shiver of Joy: Black Box Revelation is from Belgium. They opened for us on our last tour and we became instant fans. Sweet guys.
The Coathangers- Larceny and Old Lace: The Coathangers were also on our last tour.
Gene Pitney- The Best of Gene Pitney: We have always been a fan of oldies and the artists we listen to rotate. Right now we are on the Pitney trip.
Altered Images- Pinky Blue: I’m obsessed with them. May be my new Smiths.
Pharcyde- Bizarre Ride ll The Pharcyde: The three of us love old school hip hop. It’s true. This is our top group.
Lene Lovich- Stateless: I bought her vinyl years ago on a whim. Now we are all fans.
Morrissey- Kill Uncle: Of course we are all big fans. This is one of our fave albums.
Pinata Protest- Plethora: They are from San Antonio as well and one of our fave bands out here.
Superdrag- Regretfully Yours: Very influential on us. We would love to tour with them.