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Formed by cousins Abraham Villanueva (piano/vocals) and Dante Schwebel (guitar/vocals), together with Abraham's brothers Jaime (drums/vocals) and Rene Villanueva (bass/vocals), this Mexican-American quartet 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 record two albums for Alive, "Loud Is The Night" and "Big Red & Barbacoa". The result is a beautiful collection of songs played with integrity and soul to spare, and while the band is aware of its 60's influences, the music is far from derivative, and the finished product is modern pop music performed with genuineness and taste.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 / KC Free Press


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


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


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. – AMG


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


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


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


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


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. – HEARYA


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


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


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


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


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


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


Pure American rock ‘n’ roll coming out of this San Antonio quartet. – Connie Phillips / BLOGCRITICS


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. – The WASHINGTON POST