Roots rock, uprooted...
Hacha may have been influenced by the Allman Bros. and Black
Crowes, even sharing the stage with these legends on occasion, but
this quartet of twenty-somethings is hardly classic rock nostalgia.
Forging new ground, with each performance, both to their
audience and themselves, HACHA builds on this foundation and creates
something that is all their own. At times their sound is vaguely
familiar, but just when you are about to identify the riff it veers
off into something new, unexpected, and all together exceptional.
This is the result of a musical collaboration of
lifelong friends. A comfortable old sofa of familiarity exists
between the band, that was formed while the members were still
learning the quadratic equation. This gives them the freedom to
venture into new territory, to experiment, and just rock without
fear of ridicule or mockery from their band mates. They have formed
a circle of trust inside their compound, the Hacienda de Hacha in
Encino, California that extends to the stage and to the studio.
Formed in Connecticut in 1997 by friends whose lives
were so inexplicably woven together it would take two thirty packs
and a couple hours to get the story straight.
It doesn't hurt that they have honed their craft by playing
hundreds of shows across the United States in venues ranging from
small clubs to large theaters.
Shuttling between their respective colleges HACHA
toured the Northeast extensively while sharing bills with some of
the industry's finest performers.
HACHA has shared the stage with Guster,
JGB, the Derek Trucks Band, Roberta Flack and members of the
Black Crowes, Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule just to name a few.
They have pulled up their roots (so to speak) and
have moved to Southern California where an extended family of crew,
and dedicated fans continue to boogie to the sound of their
Untraditional American Rock, which melds inspired rock with soaring,
extended choruses. HACHA has
since hit the ground running from their new West Coast Headquarters,
providing tour support to Strangefolk, Railroad Earth, Tea Leaf
Green as well as headlining festivals and outside markets. HACHA is
the product of friendship channeled into a balance of musical
experimentation and melodic songcraft.
The result of which demands a critics' attention and a