Indie pop band The Aces recently kicked off their first US headlining tour since releasing their debut album When My Heart Felt Volcanic last spring. Signed to Red Bull Records, the four-piece has been playing together since they were kids in Provo, Utah—consisting of sisters Cristal (lead vocals/guitar) and Alisa Ramirez (drums), Katie Henderson (guitar/backing vocals), and McKenna Petty (bass). The Waiting For You Tour, with several venue upgrades since its announcement, is nearly sold out.
On February 15th, The Aces played the Parish Room at the House of Blues Anaheim to “the loudest crowd yet.” This show sold out quickly, with the side-stage being one of the few venues that the band was not able to upgrade. The Parish Room was filled with bursting energy in a small, intimate space.
When fans began screaming uncontrollably, I figured the four-piece was about to take the stage—but to my surprise, their excitement was caused by the entrance of the band’s family members. That’s when I knew this devoted crowd would be very lively.
The ladies finally take the stage and begin their set with “Put It On the Line,” a bass-heavy track reminiscent of Tame Impala. The Aces’ various musical influences of vibrant 80’s pop-rock vocals and instrumentation are notable in their songs. Often compared to sister act HAIM, who draw from artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Prince, The Aces’ sound seems to be a mixture of both old and new.
Next, they played certified bop “Stay,” as Cristal demonstrates her leading stage presence. She smoothly interacts with the audience, clearly comfortable with live performance. As the night progressed, the band’s chemistry is clear, which is only natural for a musical history of over 10 years. They exhibit a truly personal connection with their fans as well, speaking humbly while maintaining their cool-girl personas. The audience sang along with the band, word-for-word, with the lyrics enveloping in the cozy venue.
The Aces breezed through their set with confidence, including songs from both their debut album such as “Volcanic Love” and “Last One” and their EP I Don’t Like Being Honest like “Physical” and “Stuck”. Their performance was literally ground shaking, as they invited fans to jump with them. If this show was indicative of anything, it is that it’s just the beginning for The Aces.
Catch The Aces at one of their shows on the Waiting For You Tour below:
Feb. 19 – Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room, House of Blues (sold out)*
Feb. 20 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn*
Feb. 22 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In (sold out)*
Feb. 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 (sold out)*
Feb. 24 – Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle-Back Room (sold out)*
Feb. 26 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage (sold out)*
Feb. 27 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom (sold out)*
Feb. 28 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom (sold out)*
Mar. 1 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry (sold out)*
Mar. 2 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Wolf Den
Mar. 3 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs (sold out)*
Mar. 5 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House#
Mar. 6 – Detroit, MI @ El Club (sold out)#
Mar. 8 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Bar (sold out)#
Mar. 10 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry (sold out)#
Mar. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (sold out)#
Mar. 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill#
Mar. 13 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar#
Mar. 15 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall (sold out)#
Mar. 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex (sold out)#
* with joan
# with Tishmal
All photos taken by Allyson Ta.