The Ace Riot Of Sound

The Ace Riot Of Sound

Monday, 29 April 2013

The Ace Make Scootering Magazine Recommended Listening For April 2013

The Ace have made the list of recommended listening for the month of April 2013 in Scootering Magazine. A full reveiw of our album Next Time Around features in the April's edition of the magazine, but here's a slice of Paul Hooper-Keeley's review. Check out the link to Scootering Magazine here

The Ace - Next Time Around (We Dig This)


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-80s. Go Go Girl, as you may deduce from the title, is a bit of a beat mover and 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 awaiting them booking 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, while other songs have a slower burn but really get into your head – in fact a great combination for any album...
• Read the full feature in Scootering magazine - April 2013!
Paul Hooper-Keeley

The Ace Record Review From Happening Magazine Blog

Here's a review of The Ace's album Next Time Around from the now defunct Shindig Magazine blog offshoot Happening Magazine.


Record Review - The Ace

Next Time Around
self-released CD

This Leeds trio have this rather smart debut album to offer us, with a clean dozen tracks of effervescent power-pop meets West Coast 60s garage. There is the Moon-esque pummeling of the drums, the heavy riffing of a master, and some hyperventilating other words, something for every rock’n’roll fan whose pulse can raise itself when needed.

They play a strange hand, these lads. The opening trio of songs here are the least appealing, falling into that easy trap of making upbeat but indistinguishable, forgettable, and cliched retro pop. Great live no doubt, but less great on record. Yet what follows is a delight. We get on the title track some frenetic, Joe Meek freakbeat echoed sounds that also recalls XTC-style new wave. Funky riffage a la Jon Spencer and The Black Keys makes a welcome appearance on blues rocker ‘Loose Cannon Woman’ that really should get a proper single release IMHO.

Then there’s the John’s Children-inspired beat of ‘Waiting For My Baby’, the punk chops of ‘Hard Graft’, the scorching psych rock of ‘Alone’ (with some nifty excellent fuzz lead guitar), and the acid punk sci-fi (with added theremin) on unhinged closer ‘Attack Of The Mosquitoes’. There’s even a satisfying extra emotional layer The Ace reveal on the tumultuous, tremelo-ing ‘Shipwrecked’.

This album will appeal to the 80s ex-mods, to fans of the post-Prisoners flood of well-crafted Hammond-drenched classic rock, and well, to all good Shindig-verse music fans in general.

Phil Istine

Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Ace Live In Leeds April 2013

Here's some raw live footage of The Ace playing at The Escobar in Leeds, April 2013. The song is a new one called Egil Skallagrimsson's Head-Ransom and it is a fast, frantic, folky 60s punk explosion.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The Ace Next Gig, Sat 13th April, Escobar, Leeds.