101 the 80’s attended one of two final shows of the Smiths/Morrissey tribute band Girlfriend in a Coma last night at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Va. What a great show! Many fans braved sub-arctic temperatures to see them play and the house was rocking. Andy “Sy” Seyler drummer and manager of the band sat down with us before the show to talk about the band and the decision to end the over ten year run. Sy indicated there were no hard feelings or animosity among the members, but they simply determined it was time to move on and this is a positive transition. Sy, who also plays drums and manages the Reagan Years (a terrific 80’s tribute band) along with guitarist Glenn Riley found that their increasingly busy schedule with the Reagan Years was taking precedence. Sy said the Reagan Years played 130 shows in 2017. In addition, Girlfriend in a Coma bassist Bryan Kimes relocated to California, and was flying back when the band performed shows in the DC metro area.
Looking back over their successful run Sy shared great stories of their success and gratitude to the fans and venues that supported them over the years. When asked about the origin of Girlfriend in Coma he said his long-time friend and lead singer Chris Quinn looked and sounded so much like Morrissey and they both loved Smith’s music so a tribute band was a natural fit.
We are glad Sy and Chris made the decision to form Girlfriend in Coma. Given the unlikely chance The Smiths will ever reunite, Girlfriend in Coma has done a great job in filling that void. Further, they managed to stay together longer than the Smiths which is a testament to the band members’ friendship and their devotion to The Smiths unique style of music. The band will be missed. You can catch Girlfriend in a Coma’s final show tonight at the Ottobar in Baltimore, Md. The show is sold-out.