After the departure of guitarist Dante Schwebel, Hacienda is now a trio. Instead of looking for a guitarist, they've decided to adapt their sound to a guitar-less trio. Here's a sample of what they're going to sound like during their 502 show on Friday
Reinventing themselves without a guitar may sound risky, but the Villanueva brothers are no ordinary musicians and their classical training and ample musical taste helps them when it comes to getting themselves out of a tough spot, be it a song or a whole set.
"The more information you have, the more tools you have," said bassist Rene Villanueva about the fact that all three band members can read and write music and enjoy different styles. "You don’t have to necessarily use them all, because there’s something about being simple and using only two or three chords. But that form of expression of only three chords and one beat is also very limited. The more tools you have the bigger range of expression you can give to your art. It’s not about showing off, but if you have musical knowledge you can take a simple song and add a lot of depth to it.
"A lot of times you listen to something and say, 'Oh, man, this is really good, but I don’t know what why that
is wrong.' If you don’t have the right vocabulary, you can’t ever figure out what that last 'thing' is. But if you have that knowledge, you say, 'You know what? That melody is not right with that chord. You just need to tweak it with a seventh.' And then it fits in. Musical knowledge allows you to put together all the difference pieces being played and create a cohesive piece. If you don’t have it, you leave it like that or you have to rely on a producer instead of solving it yourself."