06/01: Girl in a Coma on Radio Pocho
May 31, 2011
Radio Pocho is excited to have chicana rock group Girl in a Coma with us on WEDNESDAY JUNE 1st. They'll be taking a break from their tour to give us a call and let us know what they're up to. The San Antonio based band will be making a stop in Minneapolis to perform at the Varsity Theater this Friday June 3rd. Listen in for the details!
They follow in the footsteps of other great Chicano artists like Ritchie Valens and Selena, whose influence is present on their Adventures in Coverland album. GIAC are so Pocho they even named themselves after a Smiths song. (Morrissey strikes again!)
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Girl in a Coma, hailing from the Lone Star State, formed when best friends Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz met in Jr-high school art class over a mutual love of the Smiths, Nirvana, and skipping school. All they needed was a singer. Enter Nina Diaz, Phanie’s then 12-year old little sister. Nina blew them away with her mesmerizing vocals, a powerful voice some critics have compared to Bjork, Patsy Cline, and the band’s hero, Morrissey himself.
In 2006, the Girls played for Joan Jett and long-time songwriting partner and producer, Kenny Laguna, at New York’s Knitting Factory as part of a cable TV show featuring unknown bands. Jett and Laguna were so impressed with the band that they signed GIAC to their label, Blackheart Records, on the spot. The band’s 2007 debut album, Both Before I’m Gone, was a critical hit with raves from Alternative Press Magazine, the LA Weekly, Bust magazine, among many others, with the album reaching No. 23 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and No. 21 on iTunes.
Since the CD’s release GIAC has been headlining shows in venues coast-to-coast, playing on Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” tour, as well as opening for the Pogues, Social Distortion, Tegan and Sara in a cross-country national tour, and with Morrissey in both Europe and the U.S.
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