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You only have to spin “Stuck” once—The Aces’ slinky, anthem-ready
debut—to grasp their appeal. Bridging the gap between current acts
like The 1975 and MUNA with The Bangles and The Go-Go’s, the
quartet are made up of sisters Cristal (on lead vocals/guitar), and
drummer Alisa Ramirez, completed by guitarist Katie Henderson and
bassist McKenna Petty. “Stuck” is the first taster off their stellar debut
EP, I Don’t Like Being Honest, a collection that exhibits a confidence
and polish that belies their young years.
Hailing from Orem, Utah, a college town 45 minutes from Salt Lake
City, the sisters describe the mountain-bordered town as welcoming
and very religious. “When we have people come visit they’re like,
‘You live in Pleasantville! This is a weird utopia,’” laughs Alisa.
Thanks to their family, the American-Honduran siblings were exposed
to music early on: at home their mom played Earth, Wind & Fire,
Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston, meanwhile their older
brother introduced them to The Misfits, The Casualties, and Hendrix.
Alisa was banging the drums from eight years old, with Cristal writing
original songs from 10, forming a tight-knit unit with McKenna (who
Cristal initially met in kindergarten) around the same time. “They
asked me to get a bass for Christmas so I could become the third
band member,” McKenna laughs. “So I did. And then I had to figure
out how to play.”
The girls cut their teeth as a live band early, using the teetotal, all-
ages venue The Velour as their testing ground from age 13 onwards.
It was in this environment that they gained confidence and thrived,
their lineup solidifying a year later when McKenna met Katie in junior
high, who, thanks to her older brother’s love of music, had a whole
rehearsal space in her parent’s basement. “She just shreds,” explains
McKenna. “We were like, this is what we’ve been looking for!” The
newly formed quartet would now blend McKenna and Katie’s
alternative tastes (they grew up on The Cure, The Beatles and
Depeche Mode) with those of Alisa and Cristal to truly find their