Bio

Nikolitsa and the Comrades is fronted by Nikolitsa Boutieros, a multi-media 
artist from New York City. An already acclaimed photographer (who's work 
has appeared in Spin.com, TimeOut and various galleries), Nikolitsa has photographed 
industry icons like Nick Cave, Patti Smith and many others. You see a vivid, 
dramatic dance in her photography. Not merely photographs, but compositions 
unlike any other. It is this same captivating vision that she injects into 
her music with Nikolista and the Comrades. 

Nikolitsa has risen above her early life challenges to divert those raw 
experiences towards the passion in her music, and the mysticism of her 
application to the arts. She has blossomed into one of New York's major 
rising talents! 

By blending elements of punk, alternative and grunge into her music, she 
creates a wave of sound that is big, raw, heavy and melodic while remaining 
identifiably hers alone. With grit, savvy and intent, she exudes a peaceful 
but energetic aura with her timeless voice that is only embellished by her 
amusingly honest lyrics. 

One starry skied New York City evening, Nikolitsa found herself wandering 
through record stores in New York searching through new and old cd's. She 
happened upon an interesting and mysterious album that she ended up bringing 
back home with her. That album was called, "Signs of a Vacant Soul" by 
Virgos Merlot. Little did she know it at that time, but that record would 
have a lasting impact on her as an artist and would help with the direction 
of her music in the future. 

That record is still with Nikolitsa to this day, both physically and 
spiritually. Some nine years later, after first hearing that album and 
then tucking it away, she decided to go back and listen to it again. It 
was then that she realized the person who had produced that record (Brett 
Hestla), would be the one who could understand her art form and the path in 
which she was travelling. He would eventually guide her through the 
recording process and inspire her to travel that path towards the next 
level. 

It took over three years to craft her first recording, "Under the Moon." 
Creating the record was both a welcomed personal struggle to continue 
growing as an artist, and a joy to see through to it's completion. 

During the production of the record, Nikolitsa found like-minded spirits 
with etymological hearts and they began playing around New York calling 
themselves the Comrades. The Comrades are: 17 year-old guitarist Tori 
Knops who weaves the beautiful melodic stories together, rock-wizard 
bassist David Schwab who creates a soulful driving groove and Tony 
Nugent on drums who keeps the trio positioned on the track. 

"My main focus is to capture the truest essence of my material with 
honesty, integrity and heart," says Nikolitsa. This essential mode is 
totally evident during their live shows and is found in it's entirety in 
"Under The Moon," their debut recording.