With the help of the Akron hoodoo man, Dan Auerbach, the boys from the Alamo City have done it again. Hacienda has managed to serve up a seductive stockpile of South Texas Soul on their Sophomore full-length, Big Red and Barbacoa.
After gigging with Dr. Dog, Alberta Cross, Heartless Bastards, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears; opening for Dan Auerbach on his Keep It Hid tour and serving as his backing band, Fast Five; the band salvaged two separate weekends to record the Alive Records, Big Red and Barbacoa at Auerbach’s Akron Analog Studio in Ohio.
Of the twelve cuts, the song we keep coming back to is the barnstorming racket and Herculean strut of lead-off track, “Who’s [sic] Heart Are You Breaking.” The quartet is backed by a surging firestorm - an unshakable, shiver-inducing, goose bump-ridden riff, suitable only for after hours consumption, while Rene Villanueva carves through and unfolds a bellyful of soul-squeezed and echo-laden lines, “How did this noon day get so dark / Whose heart are you breaking now.” This is electrifying rock ‘n roll rubbed raw. Not many neo-retro outfits can pull off a quick-draw high noon showdown with the ghosts of Rock’s past and triumph. Hacienda does that, and pulls it off with the swagger of a Molotov cocktail.
Hacienda’s Big Red and Barbacoa is out now on Alive Records
Dante Schwebel (guitar/vocals)
Abraham Villanueva (piano/organ/vocals)
Jamie Villanueva (drums/vocals)
Rene Villanueva (bass/vocals)
Take Up Thy Rock 'N Roll Stethoscope and Walk,
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Hacienda - Who's Heart Are You Breaking by doctormooney
MP3: Hacienda – “Who’s Heart Are You Breaking”
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Torched Teardrops: Elmore James and His Broom Dusters, “The Sky is Crying”
Midnight Creeping with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “U.S. 41”
Slim Harpo’s Southern-Fried March, “Folsom Prison Blues”
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