(This review first appeared in issue 59 of Shindig! magazine)
In the centre of the Venn diagram of mod, freakbeat and powerpop you'll find The Ace. Although they've released two albums this is the Leeds band's debut on vinyl, a double A-side, back-to-mono delight courtesy of rising garage label, Crocodile Records, based over the Pennines in Manchester.
'I Dream Love' is propelled by its central guitar riff which sounds like The Beatles' 'If I Needed Someone' played with a gob full of purple hearts. Fleshed out with a nifty bass line and accomplished three way harmonies, it has '66 beat explosion written all over it. This 50 year displacement is an issue addressed on the flipside. It's less immediate, more thought-out, all minor key guitar stabs and tight, snappy drum rolls.
Evidently the band are as skilled at depth as they are at filling dancefloors. Fans of The Action, The Creation and The Jam will want to give this monaural gem some heavy rotation.