[album release] Centro-Matic :: "Dual Hawks"

This week sees the Misra Records release of the new Centro-Matic/South San Gabriel split LP, Dual Hawks. The two-CD set is the first full length since one of 2006’s best albums, Fort Recovery. While Dual Hawks doesn’t quite live up to that album’s high standard, the new one finds the band once again mining their by now trademark hard-Americana, with Will Johnson turning in another stellar set of gritty, feedback-fueled roots-anthems. The SSG half is, like their fantastic Welcome, Convalescence, another batch of slowly evolving mood pieces that are more notable for their strength in numbers than individuality. There’s a lot to catch up on if you are new to these bands, but starting with Dual Hawks is as good a place as any, and the Centro-Matic half is as good as any rock album released so far this year, save maybe The Midnight Organ Fight or Kensington Heights.

MP3 :: I, The Kite (Centro-Matic)
MP3 :: Trust To Lose (South San Gabriel)
(from Dual Hawks. Buy the special edition here)

Centro-Matic will be at The Bowery Ballroom on June 13 with Grand Archives

Related :: Centro-Matic - Feedback Recovery (a Centro-Matic/SSG primer w/ tons of mp3s)

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