The Nico Blues

The Nico Blues

 New York City, New York, USA

The Nico Blues are an alternative rock band who pride themselves on bringing quality songwriting and melody to alternative rock music. Their music has been compared to the indie scene of the early 90's, and can be downloaded for free at Enjoy.


The Nico Blues are a last wave rock band from New Jersey. We released our new EP “Die Happy” on February 28th, 2012. It features six new songs that we recorded and mixed by ourselves in our collective basement/practice space/love palace. The EP is available at our bandcamp as a pay-what-you-want, digital-only release. A second six-song EP is already in the works and set for a late 2012/early 2013 release.

Our first full-length album titled “Blame the Boredom, Blame the Basements” was released on our own Tiny Giant Records imprint in January 2011. The album was recorded, produced, and mixed by us in our basement/recording studio/practice space. To date, “Blame the Boredom…” has sold over two thousand copies solely through our own efforts. Because of its success, it was recently reissued by local label Killing Horse Records. In true DIY spirit, we book all of our own shows and organize bands in our community through the Tiny Giant Artist Collective, which we founded. As a result, we have gained a devoted regional following.

The roots of the band go back a long way. The Nico Blues contains two sets of brothers and the members have all been friends since grade school. We formed in June 2009 when we left our old bands in pursuit of a long-term project.

Our two music videos have been highly acclaimed and “Living Proof” was featured in rotation on MTVu in April and May of 2011. “Folk Song Number Two” won the Hoboken Music award for Best Music Video 2011, and it was exclusively premiered by NYC magazine The Deli. We have played over 200 shows all along the East Coast. Notable venues we've performed at include Hiro Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Glasslands, Maxwell’s, Piano's, Death By Audio and Asbury Lanes.


"Blame the Boredom, Blame the Basements" - July 2010

"The Nico Blues EP" - July 2009

Set List

We are capable of playing anywhere from a 20 minute to a 90 minute set. We have over 20 originals that we play, as well as a handful of covers, ranging from The White Stripes to Steppenwolf to the Grateful Dead and even Green Day. We sculpt set lists based on the crowd we are playing for, and have more than enough material to play for any bar, club, or festival.