MALCS Listjefa Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez recently webpublished this review essay at Ms.Magazine:
The impact of homegrown, San Antonio-based, all-woman band Girl in a Coma stretches far beyond the borders of Texas. Its fourth album Exits and All the Rest, recently named to NPRâ€™s 50 best of 2011, shows the bandâ€™s range of talentsâ€“from the Morrissey-inspired â€œSmartâ€ to the rough-edged anthem:
Phanie Diaz, Nina Diaz and Jenn Alva bring renewed vitality and political charge to what have historically been labeled â€œgirl bands.â€
Donâ€™t let their name fool you: GIAC is wide awake (their name is based on the song â€œGirlfriend in a Comaâ€ from the Morrissey-led British band The Smiths), and its bluesy, rock sound gains tremendous force from Nina Diazâ€™s distinct vocals. These women are the real thingâ€“and thatâ€™s probably why rock pioneer Joan Jett signed them to her Blackheart Records in 2006. â€œJoan really understands where we are coming from,â€ Phanie Diaz tells the Ms. Blog…..