In the two years since indie-pop quartet The Aces released their debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic, the band sold out their headline US tour, supported 5 Seconds of Summer, COIN, and X Ambassadors, and spent countless hours documenting everything in-between in the songs that would make up Under My Influence. Together, sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez (vocals/guitar and drums), McKenna Petty (bass), and Katie Henderson (lead guitar/vocals) — all friends since grade school — explore growing up and falling in love in the 21st century with candid honesty and endearing relatability.
Their sophomore project brings fans deeper into The Aces’ world of funk-tinged romance, heartfelt breakups, and relentless positivity — no matter what’s going on. Released in July 2020 and featuring the hit singles “Daydream,” “My Phone Is Trying To Kill Me,” “Kelly,” and “801,” Under My Influence received praise for its exploration of love, relationships, mental health, religion, and sexuality, with several band members owning their identities as queer women and using gender pronouns in their music for the first time. In 2021, the band returned with the release of their latest single “Don’t Freak,” inspired by their own experiences with mental health stigmas. The song and the band were featured on the reality competition series Exposure, out now on Hulu.