Nico Vega

Whenever I’m asked to name names regarding the best live bands in LA, Nico Vega’s is always one of the first to roll off my lips. I first caught the band — comprised of singer/lyricist Aja Volkman, guitarist Rich Koehler, and drummer Daniel Epand — perform at the Key Club during the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival and immediately became a fan of their blues-laden guitar rock and particularly of their frontwoman’s mesmerizing stage presence.

Nico Vega’s been on a bit of a break from touring while Aja prepares for the birth of her daughter (with husband Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons), but to get fans ready for the return of Nico Vega, the group released a video for the title track off their upcoming album, We Are The Art (due Spring 2013 on Five Seven Music) via VICE’s Noisey.com, and you can mark me down as officially excited about the new release.

The track features a more electronic side of Nico Vega than I’ve experienced in the past (my ears did a double-take when the synths kicked in during the song) and the band has also added bassist Jamila Weaver to the mix. Check out the new track below, and let me know in the comments if, like me, you also can’t wait to hear what other surprises await fans on We Are The Art.

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