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The Aces Raise Mental Health Awareness on “Always Get This Way”

Synth-pop rising band The Aces released their new single “Always Get This Way.” The track follows their only song from 2022 “Girls Make Me Wanna Die,” and marks the beginning of a new era for the group.

Who Are The Aces?

Formed by Cristal Ramirez (vocals, guitar), McKenna Petty (bass), Katie Henderson (lead guitar), and Alisa Ramirez (drums), The Aces started their musical career in 2008 under the name The Blue Aces, but changed their name to The Aces in 2016. They officially released their debut single “Stuck” in 2016.

The Aces have toured with bands like 5 Seconds of Summer and X Ambassadors. They have also played at festivals like Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. In addition to their music career, they have been vocal about their support for LGBTQ+ rights and have used their platform to raise awareness about issues like mental health and body positivity.

I’ve Loved You For So Long Arrives in June

“Always Get This Way” arrived on February 17th. Just a week later, The Aces gave the big announcement that their third album, I’ve Loved You For So Long, will be available on June 2nd. It will be the follow-up to their 2020 LP Under My Influence, which got a deluxe version in 2021. 

Tackling Anxiety on “Always Get This Way”

“Always Get This Way” follows The Aces’ passion about mental health. The song talks about not being able to live a normal life due to anxiety, and always having to try to stay calm in every situation. “And I don’t wanna call you, but I can’t really sleep. And I’ve been wearing a smile, pretending to eat. Oh, I swear that I can explain, no…I always get this way. It’s fine,” are some of the lyrics.

“I was in the worst mental state of my life when we wrote ‘Always Get This Way,’ Cristal shared. “Filled with anxiety, and having panic attacks almost every night, it took everything in me to make the 45-minute drive to the studio that day. I was just there to make something. I was just there to feel better. Alisa, as she always has been, was a strong voice encouraging me to explore how I was feeling through a song. At first, I was hesitant and embarrassed, but pretty soon ‘Always Get This Way’ was unraveling quickly through the speakers.”

“This song is about shame, panic, and struggle,” she added. “It’s about the fact that we hold no space for those struggling mentally in our society, and we just kind of wish they’d get over it and quit being an inconvenience. It was the song that felt like it granted us permission to make what would become our upcoming album. It’s one of the most vulnerable songs I’ve ever written.”

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