Photo by Josh Huskin
Even with Halloween already passed, there are plenty more ghoulish opportunities this season. The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead lasts through this weekend, celebrating those who have departed with colorful sugar skulls and bouquets of marigolds. Music plays a big part, too, and on Saturday night, San Antonio’s Girl In A Coma will be ringing in the Day of the Dead with a show with Denver’s DeVotchKa at ACL Live.
Girl In A Coma is the perfect band for a celebration like this. Since forming in 2006, the trio has incorporated their San Antonio roots into their brash brand of rock and roll. In 2010, the band released Adventures In Coverland, a covers album that features their takes on the Velvet Underground and David Bowie alongside Mexican-American stars like Ritchie Valens and Selena. But the band’s true power lies in its original songs. Girl In A Coma blurs the line between light and dark, joyful and morose, perhaps living up to the Smiths nod that their band name implies. Joan Jett recognized a kinship with Girl In A Coma and quickly signed the group to her own Blackheart Records.
In honor of their Day of the Dead show, we’re digging into our live archives to find the creepiest Girl In A Coma song we have. The band stopped by Studio 1A in 2012 for an acoustic session and raised the dead with this particularly spine-tingling performance of “Knocking At Your Door.”