Girl in a Coma Comes to The Bowery Ballroom

July 13th, 2012

Jenn Alva (bass) and Phanie Diaz (drums) were best friends with a common interest in Nirvana when they began making punk-tinged music together. But it didn’t completely click until they added Diaz’s younger sister, Nina (vocals and guitar). The trio, named for a Smiths’ tune, toiled away for several years without the attention they deserved until a chance meeting with Joan Jett. She signed Girl in a Coma (above, playing “Knocking on Your Door” for WNYC’s Live on Soundcheck) to her label, Blackheart Records, and their debut LP, Both Before I’m Gone, came out in 2007. The group has since toured with the likes of Social Distortion and Morrissey and released three more discs, including last year’s Exits and All the Rest. See them at The Bowery Ballroom next Wednesday, 7/18.