13 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While it’s fair to say that Girl in a Coma has sweetened its musical blend on Exits & All the Rest, by no means has the San Antonio trio lost its snarl or wallop. Since its 2007 debut, the group has broadened its palette without veering from its underlying punk and grunge influences. As lead singer, Nina Diaz shows greater range and confidence here, emphasizing her caressing upper range as much as the growling yelps that punctuated GIAC’s earlier releases. She also stretches out as a guitarist, dabbling in both fuzzed-out textures (“Mother’s Lullaby”) and rippling, Dick Dale–esque runs (“She Had a Plan”). Bassist Jenn Alva and drummer Phanie D more than hold their own as they lay down bone-shaking rhythms on “One Eyed Fool” and cool out with an ’80-style Brit-rock groove on “Smart.” The music’s volatility is matched by the bruise-filled but still-yearning content of Diaz’s lyrics. Tunes like “Adjust,” “Sly,” and “Cemetery Baby” obsess over the pains and pleasures of romance until the two extremes become one.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While it’s fair to say that Girl in a Coma has sweetened its musical blend on Exits & All the Rest, by no means has the San Antonio trio lost its snarl or wallop. Since its 2007 debut, the group has broadened its palette without veering from its underlying punk and grunge influences. As lead singer, Nina Diaz shows greater range and confidence here, emphasizing her caressing upper range as much as the growling yelps that punctuated GIAC’s earlier releases. She also stretches out as a guitarist, dabbling in both fuzzed-out textures (“Mother’s Lullaby”) and rippling, Dick Dale–esque runs (“She Had a Plan”). Bassist Jenn Alva and drummer Phanie D more than hold their own as they lay down bone-shaking rhythms on “One Eyed Fool” and cool out with an ’80-style Brit-rock groove on “Smart.” The music’s volatility is matched by the bruise-filled but still-yearning content of Diaz’s lyrics. Tunes like “Adjust,” “Sly,” and “Cemetery Baby” obsess over the pains and pleasures of romance until the two extremes become one.

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About Girl In a Coma

Naming themselves in homage of the Smiths' song "Girlfriend in a Coma," Girl in a Coma started in San Antonio, TX, with bassist Jenn Alva and drummer Phanie Diaz, two best friends who bonded thanks to a shared interest in Nirvana and the Smiths. The duo endured several failed experiments in both band lineups and musical styles before discovering that Nina Diaz, Phanie's younger sister, possessed talent as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Though Nina was only 12 when she performed her first song for them, both Alva and Diaz recognized her potential. After recruiting the younger Diaz, Girl in a Coma spent five years writing, performing, and touring before coming to the attention of label reps and tour managers in the summer of 2004. One of the managers sent a homemade demo tape to Morrissey music director Boz Boorer; after hearing it, Boorer invited the trio to London to record its first demo. Soon after returning, Girl in a Coma found themselves featured in a television documentary about emerging Latino bands. As part of the show, the group went to New York City for a show at the Knitting Factory and a surprise meeting with Joan Jett. While on camera, Jett and her producing partner Kenny Laguna praised the trio's set -- and invited the band to join the Blackheart Records label. Girl in a Coma accepted and released their debut album, Both Before I'm Gone, in May 2007. ~ Katherine Fulton

ORIGIN
San Antonio, TX
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2001

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