The Aces are your next best rock band, who just happen to be all girls

The Aces performed their first headlining “Waiting For You” Tour at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA. 2/13/2019. (Photo: Rachel Ann Cauilan | @rachelcansea)

The small-town Provo, Utah natives have been playing together since middle school and are on the verge of becoming the next big band in pop.

On a rainy and moody Valentine’s Eve in Los Angeles, The Aces brought their catchy songs on young love and heartache to a sold-out Troubadour, and their energy was something else.

Don’t get these girls wrong. Though their songs are incredibly catchy and blend the best of pop and rock, they’ve proved to the world that they are more than just a “girl band.”

From a group of friends growing up in small-town Provo, Utah, The Aces — made up of sisters Alisa (drums) and Cristal Ramirez (vocals/guitar), Katie Henderson (lead guitar/vocals) and McKenna Petty (bass) — have already solidified themselves as a band to look out for. With an infectious live performance energy that comes from friends who have been playing together since they were 8 (Alisa) and 10 (Cristal), the natural camaraderie that comes from a band who, yes, writes their own material, plays their own music and performs their own songs (something that seems to need to be explained from a “girl band”) is refreshing.

As all-female bands tend to be overlooked for their gender than their music, The Aces — who just released their debut album When My Heart Felt Volcanic in April of last year (a solid collection of pop and alternative-rock bops with the girls’ signature group vocals and songs about the highs and lows of falling in and out of love) — hit the road for their first headlining tour, the “Waiting For You” tour, this February. A 28-city nationwide tour throughout February and March, The Aces continue to sell out several venues and shows all over.

“It’s just crazy. I think we feel it’s very pinch me a lot of the time,” Cristal Ramirez said in an interview with Capitol Sound DC. “It’s just the beginning of our touring career but it’s still very much ‘what the hell, we get to do this?’ I mean we have worked very hard for it but it’s crazy, we just feel really grateful.”

The band had previously opened for bands like Joywave, Coin, X Ambassadors and, most recently, 5 Seconds Of Summer, on their North American tours.

When The Aces arrived to the Troubadour for their sold-out show, the room was packed with eager young fans — mostly girls — who were jumping, squealing in delight and singing back every word. “They’re just so cool,” I overheard a girl next to me say.

“We are also really proud of the fact that we are all women, you know?” Cristal continued. “At the same time, it is unique and it is a strength of ours that we are all women.”

“The biggest thing is that we just wanna see more girls playing music,” McKenna also added. “Whether it’s wanting to do something in music or in anything else, it’s not very normal for women to do [what we do] and we’re glad we can inspire them and kind of be an example.” (…)

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