Back in 2006, the Mariucci brothers — Nik on guitar and Rio on drums — mashed their names together and added Josh Schuchard on bass to form the band Nio, a power-trio hotter than a Cleveland-Cliffs blast furnace. With a sound born in the tiny Iron Range town of Britt, Nio performs mostly hard, heavy, groundbreaking instrumentals. Nik’s guitar work is powerful; Rio’s drum kit relentless and Schuchard, a childhood buddy, holds the bottom down so it won’t explode. The band’s Facebook page calls it “electric funk hard gospel with a tinge of neo-progressive spazz-core exercise music.”


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