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Nico Vega

Who? L.A. rockers Nico Vega is comprised of vivaciouslead singer Aja Volkman, guitarist Rich Koeler and drummer Dan Epand.The trio’s post-punk driven sound is compounded with Volkman’sinvigorating stage presence, for the raven-haired siren has alreadybeen compared to the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O. Fresh offthe road with the likes of the Shout Out Louds and Johnossi, Nico Vega’s debut EP, No Child Left Behind is out now via the MySpace imprint.

What’s the Deal?While Koeler and Epand make simple riffs sound big and bold sansbassist, Nico Vega’s dichotomic sound of pure soul and hard rock is theperfect medium for Volkman’s action inspiring lyrics. From theself-motivational anthem “Gravity” to bluesy vibes of “Medicine Man”and the slow burning “Wooden Dolls,” No Child Left Behind (anode to a certain failed Bush policy) speaks to love, loyalty, andhonoring words with action … and all with the raw power of rock’n’roll.

Fun Fact:The band’s moniker, Nico Vega, represents a modern day saint to themembers. It was the name of a woman in Volkman’s life who, before shepassed away, inspired her to live in a more positive fashion.

Now Hear This:
Nico Vega – “Be Giving” DOWNLOAD MP3

On the Web:
Nico Vega at MySpace

Talk: Will you get behind Nico Vega?

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