THE DUKE SPIRIT with HACIENDA at the Crofoot

doors at 8pm
tickets: $15 ADV; $17 DOS (buy tickets)


THE DUKE SPIRIT with HACIENDA at the Crofoot


“Sadness can be a great trigger for the imagination” explains Liela Moss, she of the golden tresses. “Though through it you can reach a sweet centre, a stronger core, which itself feels a bit like love itself.”

Sadness and redemption; death and rebirth - such are the themes on The Duke Spirit’s long awaited second album “Neptune”. After a year spent touring America in 2006 – taking in everything from broken limbs (Toby in Las Vegas), getting all their gear stolen (Portland) and visiting rock landmarks (the MC5’s old HQ in Ann Arbor), the band could have been forgiven for writing an on the road album worthy of Jack Kerouac. But for a group influenced by European art and culture as much as Route 66, there were always going to be deeper depths to explore. [...]

[...]Looking for a band versed in rock’n’roll mythology and boasting outsider art sensibilities fronted by a seductive, deep sea diva? Look no further. Inside the city walls, charlatans pass themselves off as saviours of rock’n’roll. But listen close, and there’s a rolling thunder in the hillsides. Post the sentries, man the gates. The Duke Spirit are coming.


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. 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 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 two full-lengths since that time--LOUD IS THE NIGHT and BIG RED & BARBACOA--to great critical acclaim.

Hacienda recently finished tracking songs for their next album with Dan Auerbach, which will be released in early 2012 by Collective Sounds in North America and overseas.

The band has recently toured with The Greenhornes, The Black Keys, Dr. Dog, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Alberta Cross and My Morning Jacket. Hacienda also toured as Dan Auerbach’s backing band, The Fast Five, on his 2009 solo project and will be performing on several of the Daytrotter Barnstormer 5 dates later this month and in early September, alongside White Rabbits, Doug Paisley, Princeton, and Wildlife.

Hacienda has also been announced as sole support on the City and Colour Fall 2011 US headline tour in support of City and Colour’s acclaimed new release, LITTLE HELL (Vagrant/Dine Alone Records).


Add A Comment