Published: August 22, 2013
Los Angeles band Nico Vega is a different breed.
Pick a track and it won't much sound like any other on their third album, "Fury oh Fury." And the band's melodic music is a perfect complement to lead singer Aja Volkman's powerful, beautiful voice. Add to the mix that their song "Beast" was featured in one of the most anticipated video games of the year in "BioShock Infinite," and Nico Vega is a sound for sore ears.
Here, Volkman talks about raising a child on the road, resisting corporate labeling and hearing one of your songs on the radio.
Gazette: How is the tour going?
Volkman: The tour is going great, it feels like a really long one, but it's fun. The shows are going well and we've had a good turnout everywhere.
Gazette: You and husband Dan Reynolds (frontman of the alternative rock band Imagine Dragons) have a daughter, Arrow. What kind of challenges does having a young child create when you're touring?
Volkman: It's a great environment for her to grow up in, because she has multiple parents and she gets a lot of attention.
Gazette: How do you find the time to be together as a family?
Volkman: It's not easy for planning. We're on the bus a lot. We haven't had a lot of time together, but we look at it as we are setting up for the future. Every line of work has trials and tribulations, and a lot of people travel for work.
Gazette: With all the traveling you do all over the country, where do you write your songs?
Volkman: On the road, we don't write, but when we are home, that's when we do the writing. Nico Vega has a few months on and then a few months off.
Gazette: When I listen to "Fury oh Fury," I hear The White Stripes, maybe some Cage the Elephant. Who are some of your musical influences?
Volkman: They are all over the map. We all love and appreciate different genres of music.I vocally am influenced by everyone, such as Tina Turner. I love male singers, like Johnny Cash, voices with a lot of character.
Gazette: Have you ever met any of your musical influences?
Volkman: I haven't met them in person, but I saw Tina Turner live.
Gazette: Your sound is constantly evolving on "Fury oh Fury." Did you catch any flak from your label over your distinct sound?
Volkman: I think in the beginning we did, and, in general, from the public saying things like "this band needs to decide who they are." But people who like the band like the change.
Gazette: When you hear your music being played while you're out, do you find it strange?
Volkman: It's wonderful because it doesn't happen often yet, but when I hear it I'm thrilled.
With: In the Whale, Knight in Colors
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.
Tickets: $12, $10 online; 227-7625, www.blacksheep rocks.com