San Antonio’s Hacienda have created their own adaptation of melodically charged indie rock. Blending glorious harmonies with a base fortified in Tex-mex rock, you will find yourself singing along to their songs in no time. With the release of their latest record Shakedown, AMBY caught up with Hacienda to chat all about what they’ve been up to, copious amounts of Netflixing, how they’re “from the future”, and of course, Shakedown!
AMBY: Hello Hacienda! Thanks for having a chat with AMBY, what have you been up to lately?
Hacienda: We had a great run during SXSW and playing a few shows around Texas with some really cool bands. But mostly we are working on new material as always. Writing never stops. We are lucky because Abe and Jaime have been building up a studio at home, so we have a good opportunity to write and record and really try to evolve the sound further. I also started writing a blog at: www.thewordisabell.blogspot.com where I work through my songwriting process. It has been a lot of fun, and very helpful for me to look through where we have come from and find out where I am going.
AMBY: You released your last album, the amazing Shakedown last year. What are your feelings about it now that you’ve had time to reflect on it?
Hacienda: We are really happy with the way Shakedown came out. It was a great step for our band. The songs are still taking shape live so sometimes it still feels really new. And though we are working on new material, Shakedown still has a lot of room to grow, so I’m excited to see what will come from it in the next few months.
AMBY: The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach produced the album. Are there any plans to work with him on the next record?
Hacienda: We have worked with Dan on three albums, and each time it has been an awesome experience. We would love to work on the next one with him too. We are just in the songwriting phase so fingers crossed.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your terrific song Savage?
Hacienda: Savage was kind of a last minute song. Abe and Jaime came up with a really good groove and melody, and the rest evolved out naturally. The idea was to do a modern Stax style dance groove, where the bass and drums just lock in and carry the song.
AMBY: Who influences you as a songwriters and musicians?
Hacienda: There are so many great songwriters and musicians out there, that it is hard not to be influenced by them. Besides the usual Beach Boys/ Beatles, we have been into some Soul 45’s from the late 70’s that are amazing. We love anything where the groove drives the track. That is the best.
AMBY: Who have you been listening to lately?
Hacienda: Dan put out the new Bombino record that is really good, go check it out.
AMBY: You’ve toured with some great bands! What’s been one of your favourite experiences?
Hacienda: Playing Late-Night Wiffle Ball with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Those dudes have skills, and I think it’s about time for a re-match!
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
Hacienda: I try to walk outside everyday. Usually around 3 miles. It is really invigorating and good for my spirit. I also try to balance that out with copious amounts of Netflixing.
AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Hacienda: I’m excited to get back in the studio. It’s my favorite place to be. There are a lot of really good ideas floating around the three of us, and i can’t wait to put them down. Also I have a lot of favorite spots through out the country that I’m looking forward to getting back to. A lot of cool cities and fun people. I wouldn’t mind finding some new spots this year too.
AMBY: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Hacienda: I was never aware of how many people through out America are struggling until I started travelling with the band. Struggling to find a home, to keep their families together. To stay healthy and fed. To find security. I’m sure it’s the same through out the world. I don’t know how I can help, but I would like to find a way. Finding out what they need, cause every family and every person is different. It’s overwhelming but I think help can be given. I would like to be a part of that.
AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Hacienda that nobody knows?
Hacienda: We are actually Time-Travellers from the future, but time travel causes amnesia so we can’t remember what will happen or how to get back. So until we figure it out again, we started a band.
Thank you Hacienda, for giving us your answers!