More than a week after the fact, details remain murky about the March 22 incident at a Houston club that led to the arrests of Girl in a Coma singer-guitarist Nina Diaz and bassist Jenn Alva. This much is clear: The band was hanging out at the Montrose-area bar Chances after a Saturday-night gig at Discovery Green. Close to closing time, an off-duty police officer attempted to break up what he perceived to be an argument between Diaz and her boyfriend, and all hell swiftly broke loose.
Accounts from several eyewitnesses suggest that the two officers on the scene overreacted and used excessive force on Diaz and Alva. Chances managing partner Nick Vastakis, however, told the Houston Press that Diaz “was just going bananas,” and that Alva took every opportunity “to get low and charge” the second officer.
The Current spoke briefly to GIAC drummer (and sister to Nina) Phanie Diaz on Wednesday, March 25. By that point, Alva and Nina Diaz had been released from Harris County Jail, and the band had returned to San Antonio. “We’re doing OK,” Phanie said. “But I can’t talk about anything yet.”
Phanie added that the band will soon issue a statement about the Chances altercation.