"The band to watch in 2013." -Ru1ns Magazine NYC.
Based out of Topeka, KS, this rock & roll trio delivers bombastic anthems packed with positive vibes and a sound that mixes the best elements of vintage rock & roll, punk and new wave, testifying to the belief that rock & roll can still change the world, or at least your day. Their primary inﬂuences include The Who, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Ramones, Buddy Holly, U2, and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
This tightly-knit three-piece unit knows how to get the most out of their songs and their sound. Chris’ guitar work is bright, crisp, and expansive, perfectly complimented by the deep, sharp, and percussive bass playing of Josh Hartranft. The drum work of Renelle Aytes is controlled and calculated, with an element of unhinged abandon. Dramatic dynamics, two part-harmonies, and syncopated explosions of rock glory are the key elements to the band’s sound, which is always used to tactfully serve the song at hand. Chris’ writing is rooted in years of studious exploration of rock’n’roll’s greatest craftsmen, and the band always has new reinterpretations of classic songs thrown into their live shows (and even their upcoming releases). Produced by Johnny Kenepaske of Dead Horse Sound Company, the full-length album “Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition Just Wanna Rock’N’Roll” was released March 5th and has been getting radio support across Topeka, Manhattan, and Kansas City, as well as from Sirius XM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage. The Band released a follow-up EP in August titled "Rockin' & Rollin' with Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition!" Tracks from the new EP have already had airplay on England's Radio Sutch and Kansas City-area radio. Future CA&theGA releases are already slated for 2014.
Having played shows with local and regional acts like Cowboy Indian Bear, The Dead Girls, and Everyday/Everynight, as well as nationally touring acts such as The Sidekicks, The Concrete Rivals, Reno Divorce, and classic rock legends Shooting Star, Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition are found out on the road nearly every week, converting listeners across the Midwest.