This is Tour Diary, where artists give us a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road.
It’s been a big year for Utah’s the Aces. To properly kick off Pride month, the foursome released their third album, I’ve Loved You for So Long, and took off on the eponymous world tour. Over 11 tracks, the Aces express themselves like never before — each sparkly alt-rock anthem is confessional, unveiling the heart-wrenchingly heavy experience each band member had of growing up queer in the Mormon church. In beautiful contrast, the structuring and sound are fresh, airy, and danceable — offering hope in the form of addictive songs that emulate audible confidence and come from a place of queer joy.
To much acclaim, the band, made up of sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), Katie Henderson (lead guitar/vocals), and McKenna Petty (bass), celebrated the powerful album with a show in Denmark that set their world tour in motion. With stops throughout Europe, the U.K., the U.S., and ending with their very first shows in Australia and Japan, the group gave any and all who consider them just a “girl band” a run for their money.
Lucky for us, while they were on the road, the Aces let AP in — detailing some of their favorite, intimate moments from the I’ve Loved You for So Long tour, from a special preshow ritual to the hard-boiled eggs they relished in Tokyo.