Taking their name from a tarot card most commonly associated with new beginnings and new energies, Toronto-based band Ace of Wands draws upon a wide array of aesthetics in search of transformative experiences, whether they be physical, mental or spiritual. Led by songwriter Lee Rose, and reinforced by the creative spirits of Anna Mernieks and Jody Brumell, the band blends rafter-raising vocals, glistening violin, throbbing synth bass and crunchy guitar riffs into a sound that channels both worldly and otherworldly influences. They’re currently gearing up for the release of their new record, “Lioness,” which is set to come out Feb. 22.
On recent single and title track, “Lioness,” the band embraces a sonic quagmire of reverb-soaked strings, whiplash guitar lines and thrashing percussion. Their complicated look at the dense intersection of alt-rock and art-rock is as fascinating as it catchy. Gritty yet possessing an innate pop heart (despite its sometimes gruff exterior), the song is a melodically volatile mass of exposed nerves, raw emotions and musical empowerment.
“The song ‘Lioness’ was written at a time of transformation in my life,” Rose explains. “The song was written from a place of self-destruction, while at the same time searching for strength and the ability to persevere. The Lioness - a powerful, fierce, nurturing and self-reliant creature - embodied all of the qualities I was searching for in myself at the time.”
She adds: “’Lioness’ communicates the fierce energy we embody as a band. From despair and anger to hope and tenderness, we seek to explore all the ways in which we process emotion in our lives. ‘Lioness’ captures one element of this. We hope that you can share in the feelings of excitement, fierceness and confidence we hear when we play this song.”