Reviewed by Shaun Dale
They call it
"southern chant rock," but the sound of this quartet, now based in
Southern California, owes nearly as much to the New England jamband
scene of their native Connecticut and environs as it does to the Dixie
roots they give props to, such as the Allmans, the Black Crowes and
Gov't Mule. They dig a little deeper into the blues, and rock a little
harder than average, but their overall style would fit right in at High
Sierra or any of the other jam festivals that pop up each year.
That is, of course, a good thing in my view. It's a style of music I
like a lot when it's done well, and Hacha does it very well indeed.
They're song-oriented, avoiding the tendency to slip into endless,
pointless explorations of "the groove," which moves them several steps
toward the head of the class, and they're capable players. One of their
most distinguishing characteristics, though, is that they're a very
tight unit, weaving four pieces so seamlessly that the net effect sounds
much fuller than the lineup suggests.
Part of that comes from their background as childhood friends, part
of it comes from a dedication that has kept them gigging regularly since
they formed the band in 1997 despite the fact that they ended up
attending separate colleges, and part is their dedication to live
communally in southern California while they try to break out of the
northeast regional scene that has provided both nurture and limitation
up to now.
With their first southwest tour lined up and some quality LA showcase
dates on the calendar, Hacha has the talent and material, and should
soon have the exposure, tohave a major impact. This is another one of
those rare chances to say "Oh yeah, I heard 'em when...." Don't miss
The Slip * Borrowed Time * What About Bob * Her Eyes * Ladia Mine *
Concubine * Orange You Glad * Take A Bow * Long Wake Up
[Pick this up at CDBaby.]
2002 - Shaun Dale