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Hacienda – Big Red & Barbacoa PRESS

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. – Doctor Mooney’s 115th Dream
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The album is full of chunky, rollin-and-tumblin’ garage rock. At times, it’s vintage San Antonio/Doug Sahm old-school; others, Beatle-ish harmonies abound over some serious deep-bottomed rock. Seeing this band in the up-close-and-personal confines of the Bissonnet lounge should make for a face-melting opportunity. – Houston Press
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hat it sounds like is the perfect late-night summer album. One to be played at full volume, with a fridge full of beer, and a house full of friends. – Tim Newby / Honest Tune
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From the get-go Hacienda’s Barbacoa sets the table with a big slice of south Tejas soul—an album that would surely make fellow Texan Doug Sahm proud. Over the course of the past two albums the band have found a sweet spot, digging their heels into sixties and seventies rock and soul, without falling prey to the kinds of retro-pastiche traps often associated with such. Make no mistake–this is a band in the here and now. – Aquarium Drunkard
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The LP jacket popped with big, bright colors from the record-store shelf. The colors nicely reflect the music inside. The band charges through classic-sounding ’60s pop and rock, offering a tip to the Everly Brothers on You’re My Girl, as well as a bunch of songs that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on an Everly album 50 years ago, particularly the spirited opener, Whose Heart Are You Breaking. – Andrew Dansby / Houston Chronicle
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It’s 6pm, a few hours before the Hacienda show at DC9 in Washington, DC, and I’m talking to their bassist and songwriter Rene Villanueva at the bar. He brings up the usual rock musician topics . . . Ezra Pound, Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo, the joys of composing on a typewriter, how the best thing about college was unlimited access to the library, and the fact that no one seems to understand commas anymore. – interview with Rene Villanueva for Writers On Process
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The music continues to do Sahm’s legacy proud as it channels Question Mark and Mysterians garage soul via Beach Boys inspired harmonies, all of it filtered through the lens of four guys from San Antonio who love to play that rock -n- roll music. – Los Grillos
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Music really is a lot like cooking, take a few ingredients and string them together the right way and you have an excellent meal. Take a few good musicians—the Villanueva brothers and their cousin Dante Schwebel, pair them with a good producer—Dan Auerbach– and you have an outstanding record – “Big Red & Barbacoa.” – Lorenzo De Jesus Martinez / Lumino Magazine
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Right now, their sound is firmly anchored on the vintage side while never stooping to imitation. Some of their influences are obvious enough. Beach Boys harmonies abound, and I can’t imagine a band from San Antonio being unaware of the Sir Douglas Quintet. They tackle the Everly’s "Your My Girl" to great effect too. But the Hacienda sound is something new. The evidence of their musical taste is comforting, but the future of this band should not be confined to retro rock and soul. – Jason Crawford / Home Theatre & High Fidelity
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Big Red and Barbacoa is elemental stuff — songs about good love, good love gone bad, good living, and hard times. It’s musical comfort food with more than a touch of spice. – Steve Wilson / KCFreePress
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A dizzying, winning recipe that the Villanuevas have cooked up on Big Red and Barbacoa (and hopefully the record’s not too damned by all my namechecking, now that I go back and read what I’ve written), by a band that’s clearly in love with rock ‘n’ roll—no matter when it was released—and the sounds of summer. – Stephen Haag / PopMatters
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Combining Tex-Mex, straight up rock ‘n’ roll and Americana, Hacienda burst onto the indie-rock scene with Loud Is the Night in 2008. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced the band’s debut effort, as well as its latest album. Demonstrating a stronger sense of the band’s garage-rock style, Big Red & Barbacoa is a more evolved beast, showing off more of its Tex-Mex roots. – NPR’s World Cafe : Next
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Hacienda Q&A with Sound Off / Austin Sound
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This group also sound great on the tight, snappy rock & roll of "As You Like It" and the barrelhouse stomp of "Mama’s Cookin’," demonstrating these guys know there’s a big world beyond pop. – Mark Deming / All Music Guide
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Hacienda interview with The Waster
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Surprisingly smoothly produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, this collection of garagy epics hits a territory somewhere between King Khan and Spoon. Plenty of good singin’ and good playin’ on some real songs that will rattle around in your head for days. – Pirate Cat radio
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Among the most intriguing aspects of this San Antonio quartet’s second album is that you’re never quite sure what you’re listening to. Is it taking cues from early rock? California production pop? Stax soul? Tex-Mex? Neo-psychedelic grunge? The answer is ‘yes’ to all. At times, like the Beach Boys ‘65-inspired “Younger Days,” the influence is pure honorific. Other antecedents are amalgamated, such as the suggestions of Little Richard and Thee Midniters in the early rock ‘n’ soul of “Mama’s Cookin.” Others are honored and tweaked at the same time, such as a cover of the Everly Brothers’ “You’re My Girl,” on which the sound is a bit harder than the original, but the lust in the vocal gets at what Phil and Don could only allude to in 1965 (..) As an added treat, several of the tracks are produced in punchy AM-ready mono and the album is available on vinyl! – Hyperbolium
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Hacienda has a great sound, equal parts almost everything that made ’60s rock good, plus some mojo from their familial culture with probably some good ol’ independent college rock thrown in. – Skratch Disc
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Despite a decidedly vintage flair, the band is no mere reprisal of their influences; as their testosterone-fueled cover of the Everly Brothers’ "You’re My Girl," shows, they are a shape-shifting klatch of fresh talent. – Oxford American
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Part modern blues, another half garage rock and basically a kitchen sink’s worth of rhythmic variety help give the long player an unpredictable slant, but there’s still an curious cohesion that ties the tunes together. – Andy Argyrakis / Hear/Say
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The latest Hacienda album, Big Red & Barbacoa has tapped into the sounds of ’60s Pop in a big way. Never more noticeable than on their single, "Younger Days," where they are so time-tunnelled that you’ll do a double-take to check your calendar…year. – Matt Rowe / Musictap
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There’s something about the close vocal harmonies of a family band that you just can’t beat–whether it’s the Everly brothers of Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Wilson brothers of Hawthorne, California, or the Villanueva brothers of San Antonio, Texas. – Music Is Amazing
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“Prisoner” has a thick walk-about hook that, combined with the backing harmonies, gives it a timeless feel. At about the 1:45 mark, they break it down real nice and then that hook reemerges again. It’s so understated and so good. – Woody / HearYa
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Hacienda building on S.A. sound : interview for San Antonio Express News
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Skilled, studied rock revivalists like Hacienda make it increasingly harder to distinguish “old-fashioned” from “timeless,” but some things taste too good to tamper with. — Jeremy Martin / San Antonio Current
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So many garage rock groups sound not only similar to each other, but far too similar to their inspirations on the nuggets and pebbles collections. Not Hacienda – the San Antonio quartet is certainly stuck on the 60s, but has a palette that encompasses more than just simplified rip-offs of the Rolling Stones and the Byrds. – Michael Toland / The Big Takeover
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Austin’s Hacienda drops their second album Big Red & Barbacoa (produced once again by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach) on April 6th. As a teaser they’ve released this superb mid-period Beach Boys styled original. – Hyperbolium
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Hacienda – Loud Is The Night PRESS

A slice of retro-pop heaven. Simply and wonderfully. – Home Theatre and High Fidelity
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It’s not just that Abraham Villanueva’s electric organ and Dante Schwebel’s R&B tenor prove so effective in the classic Tex-Mex style but that Hacienda also writes such wonderfully melodic, heartfelt rockers. – Geoffrey Himes / The Washington Post
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From first note to last, Loud Is The Night is rammed with youthful rock and roll that flails around like a nun with a fork in her eye, raw riffs tussling with sleek 60s harmonies and intricate pop melodies to create something that’s more than a little special. – Oli Simpson / Bearded Magazine
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Though the name of this band has a Spanish ring, it’s pure American rock ‘n’ roll coming out of this San Antonio quartet. – Connie Phillips / Blogcritics
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Built upon the musical foundation of cousins Abraham Villanueva and Dante Schwebel, Hacienda’s sound is rounded out by the remaining Villanueva brothers, Jamie and Rene. It is a shock that the quartet is Texas based because I swear I’m staring at the waters of Long Beach. – Martin Halo / Downtown Money Waster
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They give a nice 70’s Tex-Mex style rework to the Sonny and Cher classic Baby Don’t Go, but also pull off some doo-wap and change tempos to keep the songs moving. There are moments that could obviously soundtrack your summer, but tracks like Another Day would fit in perfectly with a backyard chimney and a nice blanket on a crisp autumn night. – Herohill
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It’s exciting to hear a rebirth of 60’s doo-wop twisted tightly in a pop rock prom dress. – Travis Catsull / Live Music Capitol
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Hacienda—three brothers and a cousin—plays an engaging blend of roots rock and R&B, enriched by an old Korg keyboard with a sound that falls somewhere between “96 Tears” and a roller-rink organ. – Jim Fusilli / The Wall Street Journal
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The album boasts unadulterated, progressive pop prowess—heavy on harmonies, rhythm and soul. – Performing Songwriter
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A perfect listen and new discovery for those who enjoy rock and pop from the 1960′s and those who have embraced the sound of newer artists, such as The Strokes and the Redwalls. – AB / Disc Exchange
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An unabashed beauty. ‘Shake Ya,’ for example, has hit written all over it. Belying its hip-hop title, it starts as a mid-tempo bop and then blossoms with organ fills and soaring harmonies as a seriously pretty piece of pop. – Ben Windham / Tuscaloosa News
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Good things need not be spoiled, so pick-up "Loud is the Night," and get down. – Hunter Embry / Horizon
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As if from a time warp of simple experimentation, poignant tunes and flooding emotions without the rose-tint, this is a joy. – Chris Murray / MAG
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Hacienda make classic pop-rock songs with an ear for a ballad but also the feel for harmony vocals like the Everly Brothers/Beach Boys/Beatles: in fact in Hear Me Crying here they unashamedly reach right back to the late Fifties for some echo guitar, Buddy Holly/Peggy Sue drumming and harmonies. – Graham Reid / Elsewhere
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The San Antonio-based Hacienda’s debut is filled with swampy-sounding garage rock rave-ups much like this one. It was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, which you could probably tell by listening to it. – Singles file / The Washington Post
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Meet the Mexican Beatles! – Rolling Stone/Smoking Section | Motion Wave pick (Japan) | Gonzai.com (France) | Goddeau.com (Netherlands)
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Hacienda, hailing from San Antonio Texas have captured that early 60s garage rock vibe perfectly–think the Standells, the Chocolate Watch Band, the Count Five. – Ohh … Burn! | Interview with Rene Villanueva
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This San Antonio quartet have found just the right mix of roots/indie rock to keep you locked into their fantastic little groove. – Restless Radio
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A truly talented quartet whose sound resembles the Beach Boys in a sort of Beatlesque fashion. In other words, these guys just rock! - It Could Mainstream
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It looks like these guys might be blowin’ up. We can only hope. – Toe Stubber
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The Spanish word “hacienda” means estate or vast ranch. In musical terms, however, Hacienda is translated into a measureless field of colorful vintage tones, brisk harmonies and cropped by a danceable rhythm section, all of which is produced from the sonic soul of three brothers and a cousin from San Antonio, Texas. – Hear/Say
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A strikingly accomplished debut (especially when you consider that it was recorded in a mere two weekends). – Mark Deming / All Music Guide
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What’s not to like? Four piece harmonies? Check, they’re in there. Solid production? Check. Well written tunes recorded live to give it the authentic feel of a live performance? Check. And I know what you’re thinking. Woody, wouldn’t it be cool if Dr. Dog chimed in on a couple of tunes? One step ahead of you, my friend. Frank and Scott do stop in to lend a helping hand. You can hear them on “Little Girl” and “Angela” lending their vocal prowess to the harmonies.This is a great debut. – Hear Ya
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The band’s sound is a mixture of power pop and straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. It has a ’60s vibe and an alt-rock groove and they go together well. – Jim Beal / San Antonio Express News
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Critics have thrown around "sounds like" names such as 60s era Sir Douglas Quintet, the Beatles, etc etc, and they all make sense, but the band’s self-assured sound is all their own. – Ken Burns Hates Mexicans
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Loud Is The Night is a roots-indierock extravaganza. Hacienda mine the territory where Los Lobos, Sir Douglas Quintet and the Beach Boys all co-mingle in blissed out 60′s AM radio psych/garagerock fervor. – Some Velvet Blog
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Influenced by an array of music, most of it from the ’50s and ’60s, Hacienda crafts songs in which power pop meets Americana. The quartet’s music is borderline lo-fi, laid back in spots, catchy and upbeat in others. – Jim Beal Jr. / MySA
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Hacienda turns back the clock a tad further than some of its colleagues, churning out a few surprises. – Zachary Herrmann / Blurt
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