Matt Barbaccia, the lead singer-songwriter of a new alternative rock group Esperance, shares his excitement for his band’s first single, “One Way Road,” officially released Oct. 8. The album artwork features a beautiful shot of Big Island’s Mauna Kea summit, along with the silhouette of a person walking along a rocky path into the clouds beyond.
Barbaccia, who was previously a math and music teacher at Konawaena High School, now focuses his time on entrepreneurial ventures and enjoys making music with his newly formed group.
“Writing this song has certainly kept us busy over the past few months, and I’m excited to finally share it with the world.” Barbaccia adds, “I wrote this song last spring while I was sitting at Honokohau Harbor just jamming solo and enjoying the ocean views. I found the chords to the song and soon after came up with the lyrics that best suited how I felt.”
Barbaccia hopes to continue sharing uplifting messages through his songwriting to help not only himself but for others who could enjoy some motivational music. It certainly sounds like he’s trying to convey an inspirational message through his vocal display on the group’s first single. His musical counterpart Andy Hogan adds, “It’s really cool to take an idea, a melody, and make it something bigger. Matt came to me with the basic idea of how he wanted the song to sound, but we both knew something was missing. I worked on some lead guitar parts, including the solo, which I feel has maybe an element of Spanish style guitar to its melody.” He adds, “And then you have the bassline, which was tricky to figure out at first. We liked the idea of bringing in the bass partway through the first verse to build the song from a subtle start. The bassline seems to dance above and below the main harmony parts, which we really love. You notice it, but it’s not in a way where it’s too upfront. It serves its purpose in the background holding down the beat.”
The song was recorded without the use of the drums, which Barbaccia says was intentional. “Sometimes, the drums can take up too much space and distract from the song’s true intentions. So, I decided early on to keep things simple with just a kick pedal throughout the song, maybe some tambourine is thrown in here or there, but that’s about all we needed. Sometimes less is more, am I right?” says Barbaccia.
“When it comes to laying the song down at a studio, I’ve learned to give it everything I have because, as any musician knows, recording isn’t cheap when you work with professionals.” Barbaccia adds, “My good friend Andy Hogan and I spent countless hours practicing the tune to tempo, getting the rhythm down and adding some soul and passion into the overall sound.”
Esperance feels confident with the release of their first single, and they plan on releasing another single in the following months. You can find “One Way Road” by Esperance on all music streaming platforms.