The Hacienda is a project formed by five guys from Florence. Since releasing their first Ep in 2009, the band has played more than 130 shows between Italy, Germany, the UK, Austria and the Czech Republic. They have supported bands such as Kasabian, The Kooks, Futureheads, Twisted Wheel, Deep Purple, Beady Eye, Catfish and the Bottlemen. The Hacienda relocated to London in 2013. The self referencing Ep of five songs was released in October 2015.
The Ep shows a range of styles and for me, serves as a great introduction to The Hacienda’s music. ‘Indian Love’sounds like early Beatles during their psychedelic phase with the same emphasis on a carefully crafted tune. ‘Dead Boy’ with gentler rhythms and great harmonies has a sense of Procul Harem about it but shows the band’s skill in retaining the flavour of the 60’s without directly copying it. ‘She’s Mine As The Sun’ with its jauntier rhythms , delicate guitar work which then gives way to a more urgent sound leads into Northern Soul with ‘North Pole’ and ‘Too Late’being songs worthy of Arctic Monkeys. There is something for everyone on this Ep and on the strength of it, even better, would be to see them live.