The buzz surrounding San Antonio’s Hacienda may signal a rebirth of young rock n’ roll
with emphasis on the “roll” to the country’s landscape. With brothers Rene Villanueva (bass/vocals), Jaime (drums/vocals) and Abraham Villanueva (keyboards/vocals), this Mexican-American trio blends a raw yet sophisticated style of pop music with harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles and Beach Boys.
As fate would have it, a demo of 6 songs landed in the hands of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and the band’s life was forever changed. Soon after they were opening for The Black Keys in Austin Texas, as well as for Dr. Dog, gaining some much needed exposure. Under Auerbach’s watch, Hacienda would write and arrange more than twenty songs, sending him demos periodically in preparation for their debut album, ultimately recording in Dan’s own studio in Akron, Ohio.
Hacienda has released three full-lengths since that time—LOUD IS THE NIGHT, BIG RED & BARBACOA and SHAKEDOWN—to great critical acclaim.
Songs for their newest album were co-written and produced by Dan Auerbach, which was released in 2012 by Collective Sounds in North America and Dine Alone Records in Canada.
The band has toured with Kasabian, City and Colour, The Greenhornes, The Black Keys, Dr. Dog, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Alberta Cross and My Morning Jacket. Hacienda also toured worldwide as Dan Auerbach’s backing band, The Fast Five, for his 2009 solo record Keep It Hid.
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