Denton, TX’s Centro-matic/South San Gabriel quietly release, and tour, their records in relative obscurity. As a longtime fan I’ve noticed diminished returns in not the quality of their work, but in the attendance of their shows and general reception to their output. A shame, too, as Will Johnson and Co. continue to impress for those keeping up. Their latest, the seven song EP, Eyas, employs the same tack as 2009’s double LP, Dual Hawks, in splitting the sound between the more ‘rock’ oriented Centro-matic and the hushed quiet of South San Gabriel. It’s a smart move the band describes as serving ” as an apt farewell to that phase of our bands, leading us down a new path toward a handful of new releases over the next little while.”
For this release the band have cut out the middle-man and are self releasing the EP digitally via their online store and the usual digital distributors. The final track of Eyas gives Lionel Ritchie’s “All Night Long” the South San Gabriel treatment transforming the smooth r&b of the original into a near unrecognizable, pedal steel soaked, dirge. See this band live.
MP3: South San Gabriel :: All Night Long (Lionel Ritchie)