It's fair to say Aja Volkman and the rest of Nico Vega are champing at the bit to release their second album.
No release date is set yet for "Lead To Light," the Los Angeles rock quartet's long-awaited follow-up to 2009's self-titled debut. The group has maintained momentum with song placements -- particularly for the single "Beast" -- in the Bioshock Infinite video game and films such as "The Collector," "Jack Reacher" and "Pacific Rim," but singer Volkman says it's "about dang time" to put some new music into the mix.
"I'm waiting for it as much as anybody else," says Volkman, 33, who's married to Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds and is the mother of their one-year-old child. She promises that what fans will hear will be "all over the map. Nico Vega never really decided who we are, so we're all over the place and it stays true to that.
"It might be a little more accessible to some people; there's more material that I think could possibly be radio-friendly. But there's also some heavy stuff and obscure stuff." Volkman says the group is still deciding on a final track list but hopes to have "Lead To Light" out in September.
Meanwhile, the group is happy to still be on the road, and she says Nico Vega won a lot of fans after touring earlier this year with Imagine Dragons.
"We made a ton of fans on that (tour)," Volkman says. "We made fans from that, we made fans from Bioshock and the other licensing we got this year, and then just from 10 years of touring. We've really built a solid fan base, and everything's contributed to that. It's great."
Nico Vega performs with Beware of Darkness on Monday, Aug. 19, at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.