The Only Thing I Have (The Sign).
Ace Enders and A Million Different People released their new album, "When I Hit the Ground," last week. It premiered on the iTunes Alternative Album list at number 11 and moved up to number 10 the next day. This week, it has dropped to number 60 on iTunes. The entire album can be previewed on Ace's MySpace page.
Well, let's go for transparency here. The bearded guitarist in the video above (on the right, with the glasses) is my nephew, Will Gilreath (my sister's oldest child).
But, regardless of any possible personal bias, keep your eyes and ears on this up-and-coming band. They've got an extremely loyal following of ardent fans. And if the iTunes sales chart is to be believed, their fan base is growing. I've seen them live twice, and I was surprised by the size of the crowds and the near "Fatal Attraction"-ness of the fervor of a few of them.
They also released a remake of The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" last December (would you guess that maybe that's where the name, "A Million Different People" comes from?). Chip and I went to see the band at Slim's last fall. When Will told me they were doing "Bittersweet Symphony," I asked him if they also planned to do a remake of the copyright infringement lawsuit that The Verve got from that song. He said that this had definitely been their question when they were recording it.
Will also complained that some of the "younger kids" on the tour had never heard of "Bittersweet Symphony," and he claimed that this fact made him feel old.
I said, "If that makes you feel old, how do you think it makes me feel?"
[3/25/09: Hmmm... the video now fails to link and says it's a "private" video. I'll leave it there for a while and see if it gets unlocked again. Ace's site still says "watch the video here" with a link to the same "private video" error message. If it doesn't clear up on its own, I'll take it down.]
[3/26/09: It got moved. Found and fixed.]