The Aces, an indie pop band from Provo, Utah, have been making waves in the music scene since their formation. Comprising sisters Cristal (lead vocals/guitar) and Alisa Ramirez (drums), along with guitarist Katie Henderson and bassist McKenna Petty, the band is known for their catchy melodies, vibrant energy, and empowering lyrics.
They debuted with their EP ‘I Don’t Like Being Honest’ in 2017, which garnered attention for its fresh sound and honest storytelling. The Aces released their third album, ‘I’ve Loved You For So Long,’ earlier this year. Written and executive-produced by the group (along with Keith Varon, the sole collaborator on the project), the album is a sparkling indie-rock record that’s by far their most personal and self-assured work to date. Tonight they are playing the Crow Bar in Sydney as part of their debut tour of Australia.
In the cramped quarters of the dimly lit Crow Bar, there is a pulsating atmosphere of electric anticipation in the almost exclusively female audience, there’s a raw, unfiltered vitality crackling in the air.
Anticipation grows and suddenly the lights are dimmed and the Aces take the stage as Paramore’s ‘Misery Business’ blasts out of the speakers. The band swings into action igniting a firestorm of passion in the crowd.
The sisters Cristal and Alisa, with Katie and McKenna in tow, don’t just play their instruments; they wield them like weapons, battling the banality of the mainstream, the very air electric with their rebellious zeal. At one point, McKenna Petty lies flat on the ground, her legs folded beneath her as Cristal Ramirez hovers above her, unscripted, untamed, the interplay between them isn’t just a performance but a conversation, that draws the crowd in and they become part of this dynamic exchange.
The Aces’ music, speaks to the same desire for authenticity and connection that propels bands like MUNA and boygenius and it completely enraptures the crowd tonight.
The Aces will visit Brisbane next before heading to Japan. Ticket information HERE.
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