5Q for Girl in a Coma – Neon Desert Artist

Girl in a Coma is Jenn Alva, Phanie Diaz, and Nina Diaz.  Phanie is repping GiaC for the purposes of this interview.  They are one of the 29+ bands playing one of four stages at the inaugural Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso on Saturday, April 30, 2011. 

For those who don’t know, GiaC is a San Anto indie punk band that’s been making a lot of noise the last few years.  Not only in Texas, but beyond its borders.  So, if you don’t know, now you know.  It’s cool that Neon Desert is getting representation from other Texas cities and not only showcasing El Paso and Austin artists.  GiaC will, no doubt, represent San Anto very well.

Watch GiaC perform their cover of Selena’s “Si Una Vez” from their latest release, Adventures in Coverland, available at Amazon.com.

Click the first pic to go to Girl in a Coma’s official site and second, at the end of the interview, to get to their Facebook Page.


Interesting Fact: As you’ll read in Question 2, Girl in a Coma is signed to Joan Jett’s label, Blackheart Records.  That’s not the only heavy hitter they’re associated with.  ATX’s own, Robert Rodriguez, directed their music video for “As The World Turns.”

1. For those who don’t know Girl in a Coma, yet, what should they know about you? We are three Latinas from San Antonio, TX.  We’ve been together for 10 years.  We love all kinds of music and we love playing live.

2. You’re on Joan Jett’s label, Blackheart Records, and there was a recent film about the band she started with, The Runaways.  If you were to get to a point in your careers where a film would be made about Girl in a Coma, who would you want to play each of you and why? 

Jenn:  Natasha Lyonne  
Phanie:  Sara Gilbert
Nina:  That’s pretty open to discussion. 

The only reason I say the above for Jenn and I is because we’ve been told that’s who we resemble.  So, why not?

3. Why did you decide to play the inaugural Neon Desert Music Festival?
It’s pretty cool that El Paso is throwing this kind of a fest.  Austin has all kinds of things going on and, of course, there is Coachella.  I think it’s about time Texas had something different to offer.  There are also some good and diverse bands for the first year!

4. Is it taking a risk to play a new festival like or is it an automatic success because you will always go down in history as one of the bands that helped kick it off? I think it’s definitely a positive thing!  Just the idea behind it is great and if it takes off or not,  it’s cool to be a part of a great idea.

5. After this festival, what’s next for Girl in a Coma that your fans should keep an eye out for? We have a new record that is due out in fall and then lots and lots of touring!!


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