First impressions: Ace Frehley's "Gimme A Feelin'"

KISS guitarist releases ace first single from 'Space Invader'
By Peter Lindblad

Ace Frehley - Space Invader 2014
Ace Frehley hasn't been shy about expressing his feelings lately, especially when it comes to KISS and the kerfuffle surrounding their rather awkward and unsatisfying Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Putting all that behind him, the ex-KISS guitarist debuted a new single last week titled "Gimme a Feelin'" in anticipation of Frehley's upcoming new album Space Invader, ready for launch this summer on eOne Music. Click the link below to take a listen:

The Ken Kelly rendered, sci-fi artwork for the record has already been released and is included here for your viewing pleasure.

Known for his work in the sword and sorcery and fantasy realms, it was Kelly who created the cover art for 1976's Destroyer and 1977's Love Gun, and the painting, with its rich hues, colored smoke and metallic space ship design, is almost as striking as his more famous pieces.

Ace Frehley - Gimme A Feelin'
As for the swaggering, rough-and-tumble "Gimme A Feelin'" – already available via iTunes, while Space Invader can be pre-ordered through Amazon – it's got all the trashy, bump-and-grind strut of the New York Dolls, but it's clothed in a more modern hard-rock suit. Built around a strong guitar riff that grabs and refuses to let go, "Gimme A Feeling" revs its engines at the beginning like Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls" and gives Frehley plenty of room to reel off a variety of agile, sharp-as-a-switchblade solos, the song growing increasingly desperate in its search for sexual gratification.

A piece of rollicking, vintage '70s New York City rock 'n' roll that's caked in grit and full of swagger, "Gimme A Feelin'" could be a museum artifact in this day and age, but it shouldn't be kept behind velvet ropes. "Gimme A Feelin'" finds Frehley confident, reinvigorated and ready to take on all comers, swinging big hooks like a heavyweight champ. About to arrive, with nine originals and a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker," Space Invader may prove that Frehley is, indeed, back in a New York groove.

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