Loud Is the Night
Loud Is the Night is the debut release from Hacienda, a Texas- based guitar/bass/drums/keyboards quartet that formed in 2006. The band, which is made up of three brothers and a cousin, is a refreshing blend of sweet harmonies, soulful vocals, and seriously catchy melodies. Co-produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys along with Dr. Dog, Hacienda shares the Keys’ stripped-down ethic and devotion to sincerity rather than studio polish. Led by a pair of stand-out singles (“She’s Got a Hold On Me,” “Shake Ya”), the album is packed with brief, sharply crafted songs that are pleasantly reminiscent of mid-‘60s Beach Boys and similar pop groups of that era. That said, Hacienda wears its influences lightly enough to let the band’s own sound shine through on the strength of its outstanding musicianship — the keyboards add much to the overall sound, the rhythm section is excellent, and there’s a lot of fine Telecaster work. Loud Is the Night is a solid debut from a band to watch.