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Caz Gardiner / Press

"New Old School: A BREATH OF booty-shaking, sweat-dripping, old-school fresh air amid a sea of jagged pop and aggressive hardcore, the Ambitions bring something to the D.C. scene it hasn't been notorious for — fun. This soulful garage band with rock chops, led by charistmatic frontwoman Caz Gardiner, doesn't just recycle '60s pop forms, it reinvents them. Check them out at Saturday's Valentine's Day bash at the Black Cat gig with politically charged punk-poppers the Electricutions."

Washington Post Express Night Out

"...the Ambitions... The lead singer has what some older guys who work in guitar stores would call “chops,” meaning she sounds like Aretha Franklin. She also dances like Tina Turner, except actually more animated. The music is a pretty perfect balance of 1960s soul-pop with garagey keyboards and guitars. On record that perfection can sound a bit over-produced, but at this show they cranked up the rawness and the energy and got people dancing almost right away. At one point I looked around and some boogieing crowd members were intent on their feet instead of the stage, which in my mind is a huge compliment to a band that might be comfortable asking an audience to do the Mashed Potato. They didn’t ask, but I did the Mashed Potato anyway, as well as the Shingaling and a combination of the twist and the jerk that I call the Gist. It looks retarded, but is very fun to do, so please keep your comments to yourself."

“Some credit must go to directly the group’s lead singer, Caz. A whirlwind with curls and a vintage shift, she did a modified mashed potato when singing and cut completely loose during the instrumental sections. The Ambitions are remarkably tight, creating a cohesive sound that calls to mind Phil Spector or Pet Sounds. As for Caz, well, a Tina Turner comparison is more than appropriate. Though not possessing a world weary growl, Caz’s voice reaches out and grabs the audience. Strong but with a remarkable clarity, it brings brightness to every song, not generally found in soul (a great example was their effervescent cover of “The Midnight Hour’). After an hour of dancing all around, The Ambitions leave you wanting more." ”

"Three Stars" Feature - DCist

"The Washington quintet charmed....The Ambitions have a fantastic original song called "Look at Me." It's a sassy number in which leading lady Caz Gardiner beckons for attention: 'Don't look away, pretty baby / C'mon, c'mon, look at me / Like what you see, pretty baby / C'mon, c'mon, look at me.' Gardiner was a bright spot of energy with her cute dance moves, loud dress and head full of bouncy shoulder-length curls."

The Washington Post

“The band’s music is as fun and retro as lead singer Caz Gardiner’s mod shift dresses. Keeping with the group’s tried-and-true 60s style, Gardiner sings about such simple things as the quest for the perfect dancehall and the perfect cutie....catchy pop music guaranteed to get your hips swinging, even in the post-holiday lull.”

Washington City Paper

“Singing "Lonesome Highway," lead singer Caz Gardiner assumes the perfect diva stance; feet firmly planted, one hand firmly gripping the microphone and body always in motion, the former ska performer is as much a sight to behold as a joy to hear. All crinkly brown hair and big voice, she pauses between songs to take a swig from her bottle of Budweiser. The guys in The Ambitions are certainly capable musicians; the lead guitarist takes a couple of interesting solos before the set is over, but if you're going to fall in love with this band, it will be with the irrepressible lead singer. On the more soulful numbers, you see how much she loves being on stage; a big smile lights up her face and for a moment, it's bliss. Barely lit by the random blue bar light and a string of red and yellow icicle lights hung behind them, they transcend the space; anywhere they play, there will be dancing and smiles." ”

Goucher College - The Quindecim Online

"'Look At Me', oh what a track!, Caz`s vocals are a joy to the ear! amazing vocals and a superb 60`s swing Mod style, got to be my pick of the bunch!" modradiouk.com on "Various Artists - News Of The World mk2, Sounds For Scootering," Howitzer Records/SALVO 2006

Howitzer Records - The World mk2, Sounds for Scootering"
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