Hacienda, The Dig

There is something to get excited about in south-central Texas. In fact the buzz surrounding San Antonio's Hacienda may signal a rebirth of young Rock n' Roll to the country's landscape. Its rock n' roll with emphasis on the Roll when it comes to the music on their debut album Loud is the Night.

The band has always been a family affair with cousins Abraham Villanueva and Dante Schwebel planting the musical seeds that would become the Hacienda sound. The two had modest musical goals but were unable to secure additional members that were on the same page musically and personally in 2004. Meanwhile the two remaining Villanueva brothers were playing together in a band at bars and house parties outside of San Antonio. The fate of their band was short lived, and as luck would have it, the timing could not have been more perfect. Jaime and Rene completed the lineup and Hacienda was now in full swing. The four began playing together for no other reason than to make a complete sound. "It's strange, but at the time, we had no intentions of doing anything more than putting a cd in the car and trying to trick our friends into to thinking it was some professional band," recalls Dante, Hacienda's guitar wielding cousin. "We all liked playing instruments and were just excited to play a tune that we liked and make it sound as good or close to the original version, that's it!" It was not until late 2005 that the band purchased a small digital recorder and began tracking demos. As a matter of fate, a demo of 6 songs made it to the hands of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and since then, the band's future would be changed indefinitely. Hacienda made quite a buzz in the music world when their 6 song demo was passed around from musicians to record execs, managers, and the like.

After hearing the demo, Auerbach championed the band to continue recording. Jaime, the youngest member, adds "To hear words of encouragement from someone you respect and admire is all you need to focus and work hard."

The band would write and arrange more than twenty songs for the new record, sending homemade demos to Auerbach periodically. After a guest spot opening for The Black Keys as well as Dr. Dog when their tour rolled through Austin, Auerbach invited the band to Akron, Ohio to complete the album. In Akron Analog studios, Hacienda would work hard to record their new catalog in just two weekends. A key to this was recording as much music live in a room as possible. They received a helping hand from new friends Dr. Dog; and together, they worked on existing harmonies, and created brand new ones, that embellish the album from start to finish.

Recorded in 2008, Loud is the Night combines the creative arrangements of the Beatles and the Beach Boys, with the personality of The Band all rolled into one. Rene Villanueva, the band's bass player says, "We play what we like, and we never stop learning how to make the sounds we want to make. Whether it's the Memphis sound, or Bakersfield, we try to learn from those sounds, and then incorporate those sensibilities to the songs we wrote."

The sound is fresh and uncompromising. No finger-tapping solos or narcissistic vocals. Just great songs played by four great, young musicians.

The Dig's sound has been developing ever since the band's two singers Emile Mosseri and David Baldwin started making music together when they were eleven years old. After meeting California native Erick Eiser, the three songwriters have been writing tunes and playing in different bands since they were 16 years old. Anchored by sharp guitars, a woozy synth backdrop and airtight vocal harmonies, the new album Midnight Flowers which is produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, The Apples In Stereo, Swans, Antony & The Johnsons) came out on May 29, 2012 on Buffalo Jump Records. It recalls styles ranging from T. Rex to Brian Eno to The Everly Brothers.

Following their acclaimed 2010 debut, "Electric Toys," The Dig amassed a passionate national fan base with magnetic live performances, and have since shared the stage with bands such as Portugal. The Man, The Antlers, and The Walkmen. The band began writing new songs while on the road and between tours. "When we were writing 'I Already Forgot Everything You Said,'" Baldwin recalls, "we had just gotten off the road with The Antlers and we were listening to a lot of Bob Dylan's 'Time Out of Mind.' I think those influences found their way into that song particularly. But really the songs on this album are personal."

The chemistry is palpable on this long-awaited sophomore album. Mosseri and Baldwin quickly discovered that trading lead vocal duties added a new dimension to the music. "We've always wanted our songs to be distinct, but when making a record we also want them to resonate with each other, like a dialogue," says Eiser. "Having two lead singers always made sense." Mark Demiglio (drums) moved to New York from Texas to join the band following the recording of "Midnight Flowers.

To celebrate the release of "Midnight Flowers," The Dig has created a limited number of cassette tapes containing the album's first two singles: "Red Rose In The Cold Winter Ground" and "I Already Forgot Everything You Said." "Even though it takes us about fifteen minutes to make each individual cassette, which is done using an old boom box in the back of our van between shows," says Mosseri, "we like the idea of having the songs that we recorded using analog tape machines available on cassette. For our fans who have moved on from 1995, each cassette also comes with a digital download."

Lonely Horse

"We're running to you!"

Lonely Horse is a force to be covered in. A band which started out as 6 piece in 2009 dwindled down over time from years of touring and educations, members Travis Hild(Drummer) and Nick Long(singer/guitarist) were the only Horse's left. "When you quench the spirit you find your soul" , says Nick. And thats exactly what this band is pure soul, and Holy Moments. The band who caressed the San Antonio music scene is subtle no more. Unleashing Powerful vocal melodies and soulful guitar riffs, layered with drums, drums and drums.

This two piece makes you forget about you standard band set up. They claim the stage as their own, and give every ounce of themselves in a heavy way through your skin to your bones and soul.

Sharing the stage with the bands such as Manchester Orchestra, O,brother, The Helio Sequence, Gold Motel, Dignan, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Last Nighters, Pop Pistol, Deer Vibes and many more.

This band never seems to let up or let down. Please come and feel their heavy mood.

$8.00 - $10.00

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Hacienda, The Dig with Lonely Horse

Friday, November 1 · Doors 8:00 PM at 502 Bar