It took four years for Nico Vega to finish their self-titled debut. During that time, they were one of the best-kept secrets of L.A. with reminders of Janis Joplin and maybe some Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Now they’re on the right side of an album and the entire world before them.
There are grins all about the room as members of Nico Vega pluck words to describe making their latest album. They’re all about positive energy and the awesome power of staying upbeat – if a magnifier were held to their eyes, there would be little happy faces grinning back at the world.
The L.A. trio bears the markings of Jane’s Addiction meets Janis Joplin, but remember positive. Right.
“We’re not ignorant,” says guitarist Rich. “We know what’s going on – there’s two ways you can take it. We try to keep it positive, but with a ferocious sex drive.”
There’s a moment of silence, as though this were the end all answer to the music “biz.” But lead singer Aja and drummer Dan laugh it off – remember positive and sex drive.
For the average person, there would be butterflies a flutter in the stomach as a new album is released.
But again, the positive power of Nico Vega triumphs.
“When you release a record you have to say, ‘you’re done with that record, you’ve done your part, give it to the people.’ And how they feel about it, it doesn’t concern you,” says Aja. “If you focus on the way people think about the way your record – you are constantly going to encounter disappointment or not enough-ness about yourself. Why even pollute your head about what people think of your artwork.”
It seems that Nico Vega are trying to collect capital on a giant karma check, which they can cash in at the first national bank of David Lynch.
But they’re keeping cool heads.
They don’t know what they would want to do if they weren’t in a band, so they’re not eyeing world domination.
“I’d definitely be involved with art, but I have no idea what in specific,” says Dan.
Aja lets the reality of being without a band settle in and says, “I would definitely be in the Himalayas right now.”