Girl In A Coma: “Smart”
San Antonio often takes a musical back seat to it’s cooler cousin Austin, but one of Texas’s hottest bands originates out of the River City. Girl In A Coma is quickly putting their hometown on the map, thanks to a career that keeps getting better with every release.
Girl In A Coma formed in 2005 around sisters Nina and Phanie Diaz and longtime friend Jenn Alva, taking their name from The Smiths’ song “Girlfriend In A Coma.” While they owe a certain brooding darkness to that famed Manchester outfit, Girl In A Coma boast a wide variety of influences. Last year, the trio released a covers album called Adventures in Coverland, which found the group tackling the Beatles and Patsy Cline as well as David Bowie and Joy Division. They’ve got a number of high-profile fans, including Morrissey and Joan Jett, who signed the group to her label Blackheart Records after seeing them perform in New York.
It’s in their original work that Girl In A Coma truly shines. Their second album, 2009′s Trio B.C., brought the group some national prominence, and their latest, Exits & All The Rest, continues their upward trajectory. It’s another smart pop record, characterized by strong songwriting and Nina Diaz’s powerful voice. She’s rightly being hailed as one of the best female rock vocalists in the country. Girl In A Coma recently stopped by KUT’s Studio 1A to play a few cuts off the new album, and the session easily confirmed what Joan Jett saw in the group five years ago: they’re a musical force to be reckoned with.
Today’s song of the day comes from that live performance. Here’s “Smart,” by Girl In A Coma.