Centro-Matic: Fort Recovery 

CD Review

With many a band lurking in the dusky Austin shadows, Centro-matic may just be the finest thing to come out of Texas since the cattle prod. Centro-matic's brilliance rides on Will Johnson's gruff vocals rolling low under howling guitars and flowing melodies. Based in Denton, Texas, this four-piece has held strong to their passion, consistently putting out albums packed with songs that would put many hyped indie-pop bands to shame. Fort Recovery is no exception. This newest release pulls one in with solid guitar slide and the lines like "Don't mind the new hilarity, just find the space in which you'll need all your gasses and your war paint." With protest and prose though, the listener has to strain to hear what Johnson is singing. Therein lies the true pleasure of this great album: You have to truly listen.

Centro-matic's sound hearkens back to Neil Young's finest, Crazy Horse, yet at times is as frail and broken as the best from Jeff Tweedy's Wilco. Comparisons aside, this album's merits are in its variety and guitar-drenched rock. Fort Recovery is a solid album from the first track to the last and is one of the best bits of music yet to be released in this troubling decade of Bush's corporate-based debauchery. With 10 years under their collective belts, Will Johnson and band clearly continue honing their craft. Though this album shines in itself, you don't want to miss Centro-matic's fiery live show. Catch these boys live with locals West of Eerie on Monday, September 11, at Neurolux.

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