Utah quartet The Aces have always excelled in balancing anthemic indie pop melodies with vulnerable songwriting. It is a praise-worthy balancing act the band continues to put front-and-center as they gear up to release their highly-anticipated sophomore album.
"My Phone is Trying to Kill Me" follows previously-released singles "Daydream" and "Lost Angeles," all of which are set to appear on their forthcoming album, Under My Influence. Set to release June 12 via Red Bull Records, Under My Influence follows the band's critically-acclaimed debut album When My Heart Felt Volcanic. The Aces spoke further on their sophomore album, which is set to tread new vulnerable territory for the quartet, sharing,
"When we set out to write Under My Influence, we didn't know exactly what would come out. All we knew was there was one rule. If you felt too vulnerable, if it scared you, then you had to keep going. Every time we wrote a song, that was our mentality. We knew we wanted to come back with an album that left everybody feeling like The Aces would never make the same thing twice. These songs are truly the stories of our lives. 'Under My Influence' means so many things to us, but above all, it means unapologetically becoming who you are."
"My Phone is Trying to Kill Me" arrives as the latest taste of this approach. An examination of the inherent duality of living in a world where we're constantly connected by an ever-present screen, "My Phone is Trying Kill Me" is as much Black Mirror as it is necessary evil. The entire just three-minute-shy earworm is trademark The Aces, honest and relatable songwriting all told through the lens of euphoric indie pop.
Listen to "My Phone Is Trying to Kill Me" below: