Anyone who caught Utah’s The Aces during SXSW earlier in the year were treated to a Clearly Talented band on the way Up. One careening from teens into adulthood And Really you need only hear “Stuck”, their slinky and memorable lead single about toxic relationships, to grasp their appeal. Like all the best pop songs, it transcends specifics enough too to apply to Everyone. In Short–File Under: Going Places.
The Aces cut their teeth as a live band early, using the teetotal, all-ages venue The Velour as their testing ground from age 13 onwards. It was in this environment that they gained confidence and thrived, their lineup solidifying a year later when McKenna met Katie in junior high, who, thanks to her older brother’s love of music, had a whole rehearsal space in her parent’s basement. The newly formed quartet would now blend McKenna and Katie’s alternative tastes (they grew up on The Cure, The Beatles and Depeche Mode) with those of Alisa and Cristal to truly find their sound.
Now feels like an especially canny moment to make an entrance—not just because The Aces are ready, but because now more than ever, inclusivity and individualism is celebrated and outspokenness encouraged. “It’s great to feel like there are no limits,” says Katie. “We’re not bound by some stereotype, we can just come out and say what we want to say, however we want to say it—just like guys have always been able to. It’s a more even playing field than it ever has been and that feels amazing.”
“Slinky pop that traces the missing link between Haim, The 1975, and Muna.”–NOISEY/Vice
“Four girls about to rule the world emblazons the homepage for The Aces. That declaration sounds about right.”–The FADER
“all the markings of a stellar debut…it’s fun–unpretentious, dreamy fun”–NYLON (on “Stuck”)
“More honest than most pop songs.”–NPR