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Wednesday, 10 February 2016
The Ace – Riot Of Sound (We Dig This) new album out now!
always great to get the latest release from excellent Leeds band, The Ace, so
when their new album, ‘Riot Of Sound’, dropped through my letter box there was
certainly an air of excitement.
be pleased to know that I wasn’t disappointed and this truly under-rated band
have delivered the goods yet again.
always loath to compare songs and bands to artists or genres from the past, but
unless I give some reference points then I can’t really give you the review
that The Ace and yourselves deserve.
Sound’ it most certainly is, and The Ace have developed a fantastic mid/late
60s Garage sound that I really like. The album opens with ‘Somewhere In The
Back Of My Mind’ which consolidates their garage credentials and is a great
opener. Then comes the magnificent ‘Man Out Of Time’ that had the hairs on my
neck standing up – starting with wonderful bass-line that combines The Zombies ‘She’s
Not There’ with The Jam’s ‘Monday’, the songs builds, then stops, then builds
again with Nige’s vocal style working really well (with more reflections of The
Zombies as the song moves on). Superb.
Love’ is built around a very nice Rubber Soul/Revolver era riff whilst ‘The
Loser’s Game’ has a West Coast, almost Byrds-like feel about it. ‘Take My Love’
is another super track, as is ‘Into The Action’ with it’s Liam Gallagher ‘Act-shun’
enunciation. A short instrumental (except for vocal oohs and ahs) sounds like
very early Syd Barrett Pink Floyd.
like ‘Misunderstood’, which builds on subject matter previously visited on
earlier recordings by The Ace. Jonny hits the microphone more towards the later
stages of the album and we are treated to the harder sound of ‘Food Of The Gods’
and ‘Eating Excitement’. ‘Daddy Don’t Worry is another great track whilst the
album’s anthemic finale, ‘Another Teenage Life Is Wasted’, has a driving
bass-line that brought The Untouchables’ ‘Free Yourself’ to my mind.
summary, this is another ace album in both name and description – if you like your
music in the ’65-’67 garage-esque styling, but with so much more, then this is
the album for you.
deserve more UK radio exposure (although they are big on the US College radio
scene), more gigs, and more releases – perhaps their inclusion in scene related
compilation releases would help to get their music out to more of you. In the
meantime, buy this album (available on CD and download) via: -