If you haven’t heard of The Aces, you’ll be seeing a lot more of these gals throughout 2018. Hailing from Utah, the four piece consists of Katie(guitar), Kenna(bass), and sisters Cristal(vocals) and Alisa(drums). They’ve recently come off a US tour with COIN and played a string of headlining shows in Europe and the UK. We caught with The Aces before their anticipated debut release, When My Heart Felt Volcanic, to chat about bringing the album together and the pressure of success.
Your debut is coming out on April 6th. How long was the process of bring this album to fruition? Is there anything you wish you could of done differently?
Well we could say we’ve been working on this album for our whole lives, really. Over the past 3 years we have really honed in on our sound and written the songs that made the album. We feel really peaceful and proud of the album and the process. Of course there are always things that could have been done differently but it’s all part of a learning experience.
How important is your hometown to the bands sound and identity?
Totally essential. If it weren’t for the constant love and support from our hometown as well as all age venues, we don’t know if we’d be a band now.
Your songs seems to come from real life experiences, and they feel very authentic. Is it paramount to bring your personal experiences to the forefront in your music?
People can sense when you’re writing from the heart. We can all feel it, and our hope is to touch people with our music. The only way to do that is by being open and honest.
People often describe your music as mixture of The 1975 and Haim, do you feel like there is a certain pressure attached to those comparisons? Because people are expecting you to sound a particular way or do you just mute that out?
We don’t feel pressure. We just write music that feels good to us. We also love both those bands and feel like we are in great company.
“Fake Nice” is one my favourite releases so far. Can you tell us a bit about how both musically and lyrically that song came together?
We had been spending so much time in LA and having “Fake Nice” experiences really often. It’s something that everyone goes through and we just wanted to let out some of that frustration. Musically the inspiration was always minimal and simple. There’s a magic to that.
As an emerging artist, would you say expectations to be successful are much higher?
There is always a little pressure to be successful, but it’s important to realize that everyone has a different journey and process. Success to us is when fans come up to us and say things like “that song kept me going during a really hard time of my life.” If we can help our fans feel better, dance with them, cry with them, we are doing something right.
How have you collectively overcome roadblocks/setback during your music careers? And dealing with the fact that things may not always turn out the way to want them to?
You really have to trust in your process and continually check yourself and remind yourself of the reasons that you do it. The reason that you’re creating art. Things will happen as their meant to and we are always reminding each other of that and just trying to enjoy everything we are getting to experience. We feel very lucky.
If you could trade places with another member of The Aces, who would you pick and why?
Cristal: Kenna. I WANNA BE A BADASS BASS PLAYER.
Katie: Alisa. I’ve always wanted to play drums in a band.
Alisa: Katie. Our music is so guitar driven and there is so much excitement in our live shows surrounding guitar.
Kenna: Cristal. Her role is so different from mine and leading and entertaining would be super cool to try.
Which songs off the album are you most pumped to play live?
Cristal: Strong Enough
Alisa: Strong Enough
Kenna: Bad Love
Any plans for an Australia tour once the album is out?
When My Heart Felt Volcanic is out now!
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