Nista started as one Icelandic's way to make her mark in her new home of Montreal. Vocalist Stina Agustsdottir along with guitarist/husband and fellow Icelander Tommi Gunnarsson, rounded up some talented local musicians Phil Coulombe (drums) and Jérôme Payette (bass).
Their unique style of indie-tronica pop-rock has grabbed the attention of local concert-goers who helped land them in the Top 10 of Montreal Mirror's annual Reader's Poll as one of Montreal's Freakiest Local Acts. Costumes, props, eclectic music and a powerful female lead vocalist helped them earn this freakish honor.
In the last year they released their debut EP and have been playing numerous shows in Montreal and Toronto including NXNE 2009. The band plans on releasing their new album in early 2010 and tour in Canada and Iceland.
Their upcoming full-length album tentatively titled Neon Hearts will be a collaboration of friends. Some of the albums collaborators include Leif Vollebekk, Kim Neundorf (Jason Bajada band) and Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson Band). Album artwork will also be designed by local artists. The sound of the new album will be a dirty organic sound of pop melodies with attitude and whimsical lyrics.