San Antonio's Girl in a Coma lifted their name from a Smiths song. If that bothered Morrissey, it never came up in conversation while the alt power pop trio was on tour with him in 2007 opening his shows on the east coast and in Europe.
“We didn't really have much creativity in coming up with a name,” says Nina Diaz by phone from her family home last week. “I think he was proud of us.” She laughs. “It didn't do anything to mess up his reputation by having fans that name their group after one of his songs. I just guessed that,” she laughs some more, “based on the fact that he invited us to come overseas.”
GIAC were started by Nina's older sister Phanie Diaz and a childhood friend named Jenn Alva who happened to play bass. “Jenn has been in my life since I was, like, seven years old,” says Diaz. Phanie plays drums and Nina sings, plays guitar, and is the band's main songwriter. She has a heartbreaker's voice and can channel earth emotions along the magnitude of a Patsy Cline. She calls her style controlled but chaotic, and then corrects herself. “Lyrically I am, but musically, it just flows into any situation.”