Vote Today In The 2020 Best Of San Antonio® Readers' Choice Poll!

Friday, December 20, 2019

San Antonio Riot Grrrl Punkers Fea Just Landed in Rolling Stone

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 3:10 PM

click to enlarge JAIME MONZON
  • Jaime Monzon
Even though San Antonio's Fea rated a mention from Iggy Pop a Rolling Stone interview a couple years back, the band had never received a full-fledged feature from the venerable pop-culture mag.

Until now.

“Fusing a riot grrrl ethos with steely-eyed Chicana grit, the band Fea have become American punk trailblazers,” Rolling Stone gushed before jumping into an interview with the band, which released its sophomore effort No Novelties last month on Joan Jett's Blackheart Records.

“All of this press is starting to come in, and we’re really excited about it,” Fea drummer Phanie Diaz told the Current over the phone.

Fea also has a lot of shows coming up in 202o, including dates with iconic punk acts Subhumans and Pansy Division, she added. So, getting some press ahead of those is helpful.

But the recent accolades didn't come easy or overnight.

Fea isn’t the first band for bassist Jenn Alva and drummer Phanie Diaz. The pair made up two-thirds of Girl in a Coma, which spent years building a following before its 2018 breakup. Their work bringing Fea to a wider audience  began even before their other band dissolved and required years of hard work.

“You have to stay patient, and you have to definitely work hard and stay visible,” Diaz said. “If anybody’s just starting out or thinking they aren’t getting the recognition, I think it’s important to just work hard and not think about those things. Just have your goal of wanting to get your music out there and things just happen unexpectedly. That’s what happened with the first band."

Diaz added: "All we knew is that we loved being in the band and we wanted to travel and wanted to get the music out there. But because we kept staying busy, it just kind of happened. You start networking, you start meeting people, people hear about you, you watch your crowds getting bigger. You just can’t give up on the hard work. That’s never going to end, so you have to keep that in mind always and not expect [to receive recognition]. Just go out and do it.”

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

Jul 1, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation