The Aces create a safe space in NYC

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The Aces rocked out this past Wednesday (October 12, 2023) in Brooklyn, New York as part of their “I’ve Loved You For So Long Tour.” The four-piece are known to create a safe space for fans to be themselves, and their return to the stage did not disappoint as they gave fans exactly that.

Photo By: Ann Storlie

Opener Carol Ades brought her sad-girl pop to the Brooklyn Steel stage and immediately entranced the crowd with her emotional lyrics. The New Jersey native was joined on stage by her girlfriend who accompanied her on guitar as they played tracks Carol says “you can scream to or sob to in your car.” Her setlist included “Crying During Sex” and “Unlearn Me” from her 2021 EP Through, as well as singles “26,” “Free,” and “Sadtown USA.”

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The Aces are an all-girl pop-rock band from Provo, Utah whose infectious tracks take on deep topics of love, religion, and sexuality. Consisting of sisters Cristal (lead vocals/guitar) and Alisa Ramirez (drums) with friends Katie Henderson (lead guitar/vocals) and McKenna Petty (bass), the four-piece have built a dedicated following with a hugely passionate fanbase since the release of their first album in 2018.

Their set was largely from their latest album I’ve Loved You For So Long from which they played every track, opening with “Always Get This Way” and “Solo.” No longer allowing themselves to be silenced, the band claim their identities as queer women and allies on the record and directly speak to their religious upbringing as part of the Mormon Church.

Owning their identities with confidence, The Aces commanded the stage as they played more tracks from the album peppered in with fan-favorites, moving into “My Phone is Trying to Kill Me” and “Kelly” from their 2020 release Under My Influence to “Girls Make Me Wanna Die” and “Miserable” from I’ve Loved You For So Long.

Each member was dressed in their own version of a tuxedo, with Cristal donning a button-down shirt and suit jacket owning her part as a rock band frontwoman as she belted the words to “Fake Nice” from their debut album When My Heart Felt Volcanic and “I Can Break Your Heart To” from Under My Influence.

Throughout the night the band thanked the crowd for giving them a home and mentioned that being in NYC was a type of homecoming since they had written many of their early tracks in the city. Fans were overjoyed to hear this and danced along even harder to the next seven songs of the set, all from I’ve Loved You For So Long.

The bands hour long set ended with their most popular tracks “Volcanic Love,” “Daydream” and “Stuck” before they took a bow together to close out the show.

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Photos by Ann Storlie (@ast_lie) and Website
Keep Up With The Aces: Spotify // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // YouTube

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