Wednesday night The Aces brought their “Under My Influence” tour through Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom. The night featured one of the most impressive lineups I have seen in 2021. The All female lineup of indie-pop rocked the near capacity all-ages show.
Opening the night was none other than the local duo known as Sawyer. The tag-team vocals of singer-songwriters Kel Taylor and Emma Harvey are beyond addictive. The lead track “Emotional Girls” off of their 2019 EP Less Than More Than” had the entire audience dancing and singing along to its very catchy chorus. Playing a home-town show is always nerve wracking for a new artist. Between songs Taylor addressed the crowd thanking them for coming out, and showing so much love, and continued that with playing in Nashville where everyone knows good music is even more nerve racking “because you bitches know if its good or not.” In their case, that shouldn’t be a worry – this duo knows what they are doing, and are very entertaining on stage. If you missed this show, don’t fret – they will be back in February with a show at the Mercy Lounge.
Upping the intensity a little, next up was Toronto based The Beaches. The group fronted by sisters sisters Jordan (lead guitar) and Kylie Miller (bass /vocals) deliver very catchy guitar heavy pop-rock songs. Rounding our the lineup is Eliza Enman-McDaniel on drums and Leandra Earl rounding out things on keyboard and guitar. After winning the 2018 Juno Award for Breakthrough Act of the Year, the ladies were on a trajectory to take over the airwaves winning several additional nominations and Gold record certifications. In 2019 the Rolling Stones selected them to open their “No Filters Tour” on the only Canadian date for the British rockers. Currently touring to support their 2021 Island Records release Future Lovers.
The main attraction of the night was The Aces. The Utah based quartet features another sister duo, this time it is Cristal Ramirez on vocals and Alisa on drums, accompanied by guitarist Katie Henderson and bassist McKenna Petty. The band released their first single in 2016, however have been around since 2008 when Henderson joined the Ramirez sisters and Petty to form The Blue Aces, where they released their first two EP’s before signing with Red Bull Records and changing the name to simply The Aces.
On March 4, 2020, just weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic shut the world down, the ladies released their first single “Daydream” off their second full length LP Under My Influence . The breakout song for the ladies came later in 2020 when they released “Kelly.” The song is the first one in which the band uses gender neutral pronouns. Being a mainly queer band, 3 of the 4 members are queer, gives the ladies a major platform to push an amazing message of unity to everyone. I look forward to these amazingly talented young ladies to continue to break down walls and bring their message of love to everyone. The ladies are wrapping up their tour in a couple nights, but will be back in March of 2022 when they venture across the pond on a European headlining tour.