Saturday Night: Girl In a Coma at Fitzgerald's
Girl In a Coma
Photos by Abrahan Garza
February 2, 2013
In the same way that Girl In a Coma's hometown of San Antonio is both beautiful and haunted, the band's aesthetic sound and presence lingers in your mind long after you push play. With rich tones and a confident demeanor, this attitude is amplified during their live shows.
The three-piece girl band rocks and rolls and pulls equally at your heartstrings and dancing shoes, creating a frenzied atmosphere of lively, desperate, and extremely loyal fans.
Saturday night at Fitzgerald's was my first time encountering the much-celebrated GIAC live after missing them at previous Houston and SXSW opportunities. I did catch an episode of NPR's "Tiny Desk" concert series that was posted on YouTube last year and was mesmerized, vowing to catch a show soon.
When I pulled up to the venue, I ran into the show's promoter Hector Del Valle, who was all smiles as the venue neared capacity. As we walked upstairs, I confided in him how I often feel like an outsider at the many shows I cover: not hip enough for the rap shows, not metal enough for the rock shows and, gazing over this crowd, not Chicano enough for this one.
It was just then, as if by divine coincidence, that opener Piñata Protest banged out a splendid rock ranchera version of Vicente Fernandez' Volver, Volver. "On second thought, this show will fit me just fine," I told Del Valle.
After jammin' out to the accordion-rock for the rest of Piñata's opening set, I moved upstairs for a better view of the headliners. The crowd was swelling and ready for their heroines to take the stage. Once they finally did, a roar of cheers and gritos followed.
The trio opened with "BB," the first track off their 2009 album Trio B.C. Right away, their force was penetrating and tough, with driving beats and enchanting vocals. Lead singer Nina Diaz is both strong and delicate, seemingly fit to hold your hand and then punch you when you look at another girl. Her voice resonates and surprises, creating a universe of wonder and ruling it completely.