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The Atomic Aces are Nor-Cal Punk Rockers with a love of Rockabilly Twang, and Psycho Macabre. They just released their sophomore EP Titled "My kind Of Devil" this last summer 2014. It was recorded, mixed & mastered at The Gadgetbox in Santa Cruz. Their first album "Bettie's Rage" was recorded, mixed & mastered by Joe Clements of Fury 66 at The Compound in Santa Cruz. Some of The Atomic Aces influences are The Misfits, The Cramps, Social Distortion, & Nekromantix as well as rockabilly legends Wanda Jackson, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, & Elvis Presley. With influences like that it's no mystery why they're rising to the top of the SC Reverb Nation charts now finally hitting #1 in the punk rock category. The Atomic Aces formed on Friday The 13th of November 2009. Created by their lead singer MISS MERCY guitarist for (The Formaldebrides) The band also includes AUSTIN CORONA on lead guitar, WOLFMAN GRIMM on upright bass, and SALVI SYKO on drums. Their sound is a mixture of Punk, Rockabilly, & Psychobilly. They're currently booking shows so come see them live at a venue near you & make sure to buy their album on Itunes at...
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Review by Die Psycho Couch.
Is this your kind of Devil? THE ATOMIC ACES from Santa Cruz release a new EP. What is the opposite of punkabilly? Billy-punk? THE ATOMIC ACES from Santa Cruz/California sound a lot like punkrockers with a Billy- and 50s-faible at times. Not the other way round. Well, as long as it ends up with enjoyable music, I don’t care. So let’s have a closer look at their latest EP “My Kind Of Devil” from 2014. If you like your underground music eclectic, this is a record you should check out. Xou will find rocking punk tunes in the tradition of SOCIAL DISTORTION (“Let’s Start A Revolution”), macabre rockabilly with a sudden outbreak of fury (“Miss Six Feet Under”), fast horror-hymns (“The Conjuring”) and party music for beer slingers and folks with a certain love for high speed folk (but performed on rock-instruments only). The solo-guitar of “Weight Of The World” indeed reminds me of the shanty “The Mermaid”. “Bettie’s Rage” shows a weakness for songs from the garage. Can you imagine Courtney Love covering a CRAMPS-song? This is vaguely, how it could sound like, mainly because front-woman Miss Mercy has the power to start a real rock’n’roll rrrriot. By the way: She is the former guitarist of the all-female horror/psychobilly band THE FORMALDEBRIDES.
The singer and her three bandmates Austin Corona (lead guitar), Wolfman Grimm (upright bass), and Salvi Psycho (drums) manage to mix all their favorite musical styles together. The band is around since Friday 13th of November in 2009, so it’s not a stab in the dark, but a well calculated attack. No excuses: They know what they are doing. They even knew it, when they merged a ballad that reminded me of METALLICAs “Fade To Black” from 1984 and a following Psychobeat, when the called “The Ghost Of Jameson Jones” on the album “Bettie’s Rage, the ancestor of the “My Kind Of Devil”-EP, released in 2011. (As Halloween is coming, you should check out the clip for “I’ll Chop Your Head Of”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo7DTWieizM). You’ll find traces of everything from WANDA JACKSON to THE MISFITS in the six danceable tracks of the EP. Not as obvious elements, that hit the ear directly, but as different spices that make the songs extra tasty.
“My Kind Of Devil” is a nice little release of a sympathetic band, self produced and realized with a lot of DIY-spirit. This is why also the raw (but not bad) sound (especially of the distorted guitars, that are aggressive and trashy, but a bit “bottomless”) fits well in the end. It would be exciting to hear, what an experienced producer would do with the material, though. In any case it’s a petty, that there’s now vinyl version of the EP. This would be a nice collector’s item… Uhm: before I forget: THE ATOMIC ACES are said to be a great live band, too. I heard rumors, that they spontaneously stepped in for another band to open for KOFFIN KATS and left the audience enthused. So find out now, if Miss Mercy’s kind of devil is your kind of devil, too.
You can find the music here: www.reverbnation.com/theatomicaces
For a CD please contact the band via: www.facebook.com/TheAtomicAcesMusic
REVIEW BY ~ Johnny Slam
Coming out of the California scene The Atomic Aces had a bit of a buzz last year.Known as a band that was very slick and had a ton of style.What many seem to miss was that not only could this band play but they are also a talented lot."Bettie's Rage" is the bands first full length album and it's a pretty good one at that.12 tracks that are a rockabilly mixed stew of country, punk,50's rock and touches of western swing. Highlights include"Bettie's Rage","Rockabilly Burnout","Sexy When You Swing" and the kool "The Jesus Factor".Overall this is a pretty good album that shows there is more to these guys than meets the eye. http://www.reverbnation.com/theatomicaces http://www.myspace.com/theatomicaces
Posted by Johnny Slam