Here's a review of our album Next Time Around from The Modernist Society Blog.
Featuring Nige Spencer (The Lost 45s), Jonny Magus (Freebooting Profiteers) and Daz Lee (The Lies), The Ace describe themselves as ‘Yorkshire’s most dynamic group’ – and on this showing, they may not be far wrong!
‘Next Time Around’, released on the We Dig This label, contains 12 slabs of fantastic Mod pop that will have you singing along and looking out for their next ‘live’ date (they have recently played Leeds, London, Birmingham and Liverpool, where they have been a regular feature at the International Pop Overthrow Festival at The Cavern Club).
The album opener, ‘Love Looks Good’, is a powerful, up-tempo, number that conjures up memories of The Moment in full flight back in the mid-eighties. ‘Go Go Girl’, as you may deduce from the title, is a bit of a beat mover & groover and the thing that is instantly noticeable about The Ace is that they are great songwriters, very proficient musicians, have a wonderful vocal delivery and probably have dozens more songs written waiting for them to book more studio time. Some of the tracks on here, such as ‘Waiting For My Baby’ and ‘Sgt. Major Neighbour’ (which is very reminiscent of The Direct Hits) are instant ‘sing along’ classics, whilst other songs have a slower burn but really get into your head – in fact a great combination for any album.
Already The Ace are getting radio/podcast play in Europe and the USA on shows such as Glory Boy Radio, Curiosity Shoppe, Stoned Circus, Primitive Show, Teenage Wasteland and Whole Lotta Shakin’ (where the album reached number 4 on the shows Boss 20 chart in December).
The Ace are one of the hottest purveyors of garage beat and bubblegum pop pysch in Yorkshire – with your help, they could reach the rest of the UK too.