Girl in a Coma | The Echoplex | September 12, 2013


Girl in a Coma at the Echoplex.
Girl in a Coma at the Echoplex.

Girl In A Coma. I love this band. Since I first saw them featured on an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly back in November of 2011 , I’ve seen this San Antonio, TX based Indie Rock band, or their lead singer, perform live four times . This year I saw the group perform at the Ink-N-Iron Festival and their lead singer, Nina Diaz, perform a solo set at the Hotel Café the day after. Their performance at the Echoplex on September 12, 2013 makes the cumulative number of times I’ve seen them perform live five.

I got to the venue early enough to catch the girls hanging out and spent a few minutes chatting with Phanie (the drummer). She told me about the band’s plans to start recording tracks for their next album after they wrap up their current tour and our mutual, and random (she’s the only friend of mine on Facebook who “likes” them), interest in the indie rock band, Screaming Females.

There was a lot going on in Los Angeles on September 12, 2013 (ie. Pixies playing the El Rey, Dave Stewart & Friends at the Troubadour, Jimmy Cliff’s free concert on the Santa Monica Pier, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon playing in her new band Body/Head right upstairs in the Echo, etc.) but GIAC’s dedicated fans still showed up in numbers. I met up with another die-hard GIAC fan (who brought his daughter to the show) and he pointed out a fan who was in the military and was to ship out the next day to the middle east. GIAC’s fan loyalty has no bounds.

The girls rocked their set. Rather than go on in this entry about how awesome their performance was (which I’ve written about before here and here), just know that they deliver live, and if you are into their music, you will not be disappointed with their live show.

My autographed LP amongst the band's mercy.
My autographed LP amongst the band’s merchandise.

After they finished their set, I lingered a bit to get them to sign my 2013 Record Store Day, limited edition, blue vinyl copy of their first album “Both Before I’m Gone”. Apparently, I must have been the last person who left the venue since the valet mysteriously disappeared with my keys. While waiting for my keys, I waited outside while the girls were loading up their van. Being as cool as they are, and after I had retrieved my keys, they snapped a picture with me before I took off.

Girl in a Coma are performing throughout the west and midwest through November. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter to know when they are in your neck of the woods. In the meantime, you can check out the pictures and video highlights I took at the gig I went to. Unfortunately, from where I was standing I couldn’t get many decent shots of Jenn (bassist) or Phanie performing, but I doubt people are going to mind the excess number of pictures of Nina. Enjoy!

Setlist, as provided by the drummer, Phanie Diaz:

  1. Say
  2. One Eyed Fool
  3. Control
  4. Adjust
  5. Slaughter Ln
  6. Si Una Vez
  7. She Had A Plan
  8. Ven Cerca
  9. El Monte
  10. Sly
  11. Smart
  12. Little Red Riding Hood (cover of Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs version)
  13. Here is Now
  14. Invisible
  15. Encore: Their Cell (acoustic)
GIAC
Girl In A Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Girl In A Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Girl In A Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Girl in a Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13.
Girl in a Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13.
Nina Diaz of Girl in a Comat at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Nina Diaz of Girl in a Comat at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Nina Diaz of Girl In A Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Nina Diaz of Girl In A Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Jenn Alva of Girl In A Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Jenn Alva of Girl In A Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Nina and Phanie Diaz of Girl In A Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Nina and Phanie Diaz of Girl In A Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Nina Diaz of Girl in a Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13.
Nina Diaz of Girl in a Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13.
Nina Diaz of Girl in a Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13.
Nina Diaz of Girl in a Coma at the Echoplex 9/12/13.
Jenn Alva Girl In A Coma hanging with fans after their at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Jenn Alva Girl In A Coma hanging with fans after their at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Phanie Diaz of Girl In A Coma autographing a fan's LP (FYI, this fan used to drum for the Beastie Boys back in the day) after their at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Phanie Diaz of Girl In A Coma autographing a fan’s LP (FYI, this fan used to drum for the Beastie Boys back in the day) after their at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Me and the gals of Girl in a Coma after their set at the Echoplex 9/12/13
Me and the gals of Girl in a Coma after their set at the Echoplex 9/12/13

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