Nico Vega are following up a four year process that saw them play they're self-titled album on the road on and off for almost half of a decade. It's an album that fronter Aja Volkman was close to, but it was also a difficult album for her to tour with for that long. There was a lot of life lived up to the release of that album, during the release of that album, and yes - after it's release. Volkman was at an entirely different point in her life before the release of the self-titled album - she was single and new to the touring life. Then, compare that to where she is on the cusp of the release of Nico Vega's second album; married to Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds with a family and a veteran to the touring lifestyle.
Five years is a giant gap of time for anybody, and Aja has grown and changed in that timespan, just like everybody else. Alternative Addiction recently talked with Volkman about taking the self-titled record on the road for as long as Nico Vega did and how that album is different from the upcoming Nico Vega LP, Lead to Light.
"It's the journey of my life," said Volkman about the transition from the band's first record to Lead to Light. "I had a difficult struggle with the first record, maintaining that and singing that. Touring with that record as much as we did with that first record, I felt really alone and isolated. I struggled with my health all of the time too. It's taxing physically and mentally to sing that way. I don't drink or anything either so I was alone a lot of the time too. I felt isolated on the road. Because of all of those things, on the first record, it kind of bottomed into a place where I was really lonely. I had come out of a relationship that was really difficult on the first record and then I met Dan. So, a lot of this new record is about him."
Volkman expanded a little further on her life on the road. Because she doesn't drink or party like the rest of her band, things can get lonely.
"Now, I'm used to it. In the beginning though, you want to be a part of it. It's hard on the road. You don't have the personal relationships that you have when you live in one place. You're swinging around from state to state so everything falls on the band. I'm close with the guys, but that's it's own thing. It's hard to be the person who's not going out and joining in on the craziness," added Volkman.
This record has Aja in a happier place in her life, but when asked about the main differences that she hears when listening to Lead to Light, Volkman says that she hears big differences in the lyrics and in the music.
"Both of our records are honest, but this one is very personal. Things are so much more emotional with this record. This record is filled with love and light. All of the things that we were going through in our lives are reflected in the music. There are love songs on this record. There are also a lot of songs about childhood and being an awkward person. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to that. It's not as heavy of a record. In a way, it's a different style of music."
Nico Vega's Lead to Light will be released on July 22, 2014.