Hacienda Under the Volcano November 4, 2010
How long did it take Hacienda to warm up and find the rock groove Thursday night? About two drum beats.
For a bunch of peaceful, soft-spoken, just-grateful-to-be-here guys who have been touring non-stop all year, the rising San Antonio ensemble began the set with all the subtlety of an atomic-bomb blast and never dropped the intensity, not for one second, across a loud 90 minutes that covered most of the band's first two albums and stunned one of the largest crowds ever at Bissonnet lounge Under the Volcano.
But it was truly sick covers of Sonny and Cher's "Baby, Don't Go" and Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs' "Woolly Bully" that drove the crowd completely over the edge.
With Abraham Villanueva's Farfisa organ filling the room with that chunka-chunka rock groove that can only come from San Antonio, the band wound the crowd up to a point slightly above boiling and just never turned the heat down for a single moment all night.
No, Hacienda doesn't know what a slow one is. Our kind of rock band. The next time we see them, they will be rock stars.
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Personal Bias: Are you kidding? Any band that covers Sam the Sham will find us bowing and scraping like sycophants before the pharoah's throne.
The Crowd: Middle aged music geeks, a smattering of hipsters, old timers who remember what a rock band sounds like.
Overheard In the Crowd: "Fuck, this is loud."
Random Notebook Dump: First time we've pulled out our earplugs in ages. And we still left with ears ringing. That Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 10 is pretty awesome, too.