NICO VEGA Announce Release Of New Studio Album “Lead To Light” And UK Dates

Nico Vega
Nico Vega

Californian three piece Nico Vega are set to release a new album, “Lead To Light”, in September 2014. The band support the release by playing Reading and Leeds festival and supporting Imagine Dragons in Germany in August 2014.


The band released their debut album independently in 2009. Linda Perry (Pink, Gwen Stefani) produced three songs on “Nico Vega”. The album was also mixed by Thcad Blake (The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow). Relative unknowns in the UK, The bands new studio album is their debut release through their new label Five Seven Music. The lyrically vibrant, melody driven album may feel for some hardcore Nico Vega devotees like a departure from the gritty, visceral, rock-centered nature of their debut”, but fear not, dance towards the light. The trio (Rich Koehler-guitar, Dan Epand-drums and Aja Volkman-vocals) has always shot from the hip, resulting in a rawness that’s impossible to put in a box and is nearly transcendent in its live form. Lead to Lightbuilds from that same rebel spirit, raising the stakes with heart-centered alternative pop ballad/jams that still carry the torch of their beloved underdog, but this time it’s also personal.  The light leads inward; towards a deeply autobiographical musical narrative of the journey the trio has traveled (marriages, children, love) since their self-titled release. The album features the production talents of Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Tony Hoffer (Beck, Fitz and the Tantrums, M83) and Tim Edgar


Lead to Light marks the evolution of Nico Vega from intuitive songwriters towards crafted and relevant collaborator/producers. They were chosen to cover Cher’s “Bang Bang” for A&E’s miniseries Bonnie and Clyde. Earlier in the year, their anthem song “Beast” charted its way, beyond its cult-like following, into mainstream audiences with multiple syncs in advertisements for Vampire Academy, BioShock Infinite, Ketel One, Jack Reacher, and Pacific Rim.  The bands cover of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” was featured on Britain’s Got Talent in May 2014.


The band are accomplished live performers, having played with the likes of Neon Trees, Manic Street Preachers, Blondie, Imagine Dragons. Metric and No Doubt. Nico Vega are set to tour the UK and Germany in August 2014. The band support Imagine Dragons (the band of Aja’s husband Dan Reynolds).


Tues 19th Aug                     Stadpark, Hamburg, Germany – support Imagine Dragons

Wed 20th Aug                    Zitadel, Berlin, Germany – support Imagine Dragons

Wed 21st Aug                     Comet, Berlin, Germany – headline

Sat 23rd Aug                        Festival Republic Stage, Reading Festival, UK

Sun 24th Aug                       Festival Republic Stage, Leeds Festival, UK


Tickets for Reading and Leeds festival are available


“It’s a good year to be Nico Vega”  – Entertainment Weekly

“Revealing and inspiring…makes us psyched as hell.” – Vice

“The stomping Nico Vega anthem “I Believe (Get Over Yourself)” is the ultimate antidote to self-doubt” – i-Tunes

“After the first bars…I was hooked on Nico Vega. And, after seeing their range live I can’t wait to see this band grow and grow.” – Spotify

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