The iconic Spaceman Ace Frehley, who was one of the original members of KISS, the hard rocking quartet that just got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has just released a new single for his upcoming release Space Invader titled Gimme a Feelin’,” which is streaming online right now.
The track, which harkens back to Ace’s first solo album (the 1978 KISS “Ace” solo record) and the late ’70s era of KISS, with little touches of New York Dolls thrown in for good measure, opens right out of the sonic gate with a blast of notes, as a solo gives way to the stripped down, yet punchy arrangements, with Ace’s vocals right in the middle of the mix. The song and the lyrics are straight out of the hard rock/blues canon that KISS and Frehley are most known for, capped by the lyric in the song of a woman having “got what it takes to jangle my brain.”
Regarding the upcoming solo record, there will be a cover version of Steve Miller’s classic song “The Joker” on it. Space Invader‘s album cover was illustrated by Ken Kelly, who did the iconic album covers for Destroyer and Love Gun, records that were recorded by none other than, yep, you guessed it, KISS. It’s great to see, probably spearheaded by the band’s induction into the Hall, Frehley embracing his old musical alma mater so gleefully.
What it all adds up to, is quintessential Ace. Space Invader drops in the usual spots (record stores, online shops, and the like) July 8, 2014.