Girl In A Coma


by Linda Castillo

Girl in a Coma - GIAC

Girl in a Coma; Photo Credit: Josh Huskin

It could be my love 80s music but once I heard the first song from Girl In A Coma (GIAC) I couldn’t get enough of them. The Texan rock girl trio was formed by best friends Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz and later joined by Phanie’s little sister Nina Diaz for vocals.

While I just recently discovered this amazing group, GIAC has been performing in theTexascircuit since they were in junior high.  And in 2006, they were signed by Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records label on the spot. To date Girl in a Coma has made three albums including Both Before I’m Gone, Trio B.C. and their most recent album Exits & All the Rest released at the end of 2011.  They have opened for other talented performers including Morrissey, Tegan and Sara, Sia, The Pogues and Amanda Palmer to name a few.

It is hard for me to describe the GIAC’s music because their sound crosses over many genres with some songs infusing oldies, rockabilly, 90s alternative and indie sounds. One of my favorite songs is Smart which has a 80s sound to it. Girl in a Coma has the ability to organically switch from hard to soft sounds without missing a beat. Check out a few of my favorite songs below to understand what I am talking about.

Smart is a song I could listen to over and over!

GIAC covers David Bowie’s “As the World Falls Down”:


GIAC covers Selena’s “Si Una Vez”:


GIAC just announced their West coast tour details:

  • 4/22 –Phoenix,AZ– Crescent Ballroom
  • 4/23 –Las Vegas,NV– The Royal Resort*
  • 4/25 –San Diego,CA– Casbah
  • 4/26 –Santa Barbara,CA– UCSB*
  • 4/27 –Los Angeles,CA– Echoplex
  • 4/28 –Long Beach,CA– Alex’s Bar
  • 4/30 –Sacramento,CA–Harlows
  • 5/01 –San Francisco,CA– The Independent
  • 5/04 –Portland,OR– Dante’s
  • 5/05 –Seattle,WA– Vera Project
  • 5/06 –Boise,ID– Neuroplex
  • 5/07 –Salt Lake City,UT– Kirby Court
  • 5/09 –Albuquerque,NM– Launchpad
  •  5/10 –El Paso,TX–TrickFalls

To find out more about GIAC’s upcoming performances visit their or join their

Linda Castillo is the Founder and Executive Editor of She writes on topics that empower and inspire Latinas including art, motherhood, green living, culture, travel, and issues transforming the Latino community. Linda has earned a B.S. in Business and a M.S. in Mass Communications from San Jose State University.