After the astounding success of their heartbreak banger “Girls Make Me Wanna Die,” The Aces have returned with yet another relatable single that addresses the anxiety that can arise in a person because of their association with society.
“Hope it doesn’t get worse as I get older / Everyone’s giving me the cold shoulder / I don’t remember when it took over / All I know now is it controls me,” they sing about the onset of anxiety in the first verse of the song.
During another part, they touch on the reason why the depression exists, singing, “And I’ve been starting to think it’s society that’s wrong with me / And drives me insane.”
Talking about the internalized pain that inspired the track, lead singer Cristal Ramirez says, “I was in the worst mental state of my life when we wrote ‘Always Get This Way.’ Filled with anxiety, and having panic attacks almost every night, it took everything in me to make the 45-minute drive to the studio that day. I was just there to make something. I was just there to feel better. Alisa, as she always has been, was a strong voice encouraging me to explore how I was feeling through a song. At first, I was hesitant and embarrassed, but pretty soon ‘Always Get This Way’ was unraveling quickly through the speakers.
“This song is about shame, panic, and struggle. It’s about the fact that we hold no space for those struggling mentally in our society, and we just kind of wish they’d get over it and quit being an inconvenience. It was the song that felt like it granted us permission to make what would become our upcoming album. It’s one of the most vulnerable songs I’ve ever written.”
On the heels of the brand new single – accompanied by a Visualizer – The Aces also used the opportunity to announce that their third studio album, I’ve Loved You For So Long, will be released on June 2.
The album is said to touch on their Queer identities, with the lyrics feeling like ones lifted out of their diaries. The band has proved themselves twice already, so it’s possible that fans will see them soaring to new highs with this album.
With 11 tracks that address their identities, anxiety, society’s treatment of mental health, and their “early relationship with Mormonism,” we’ll definitely see them challenge the different failings of our modern-day society.
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