Centro-matic/South San Gabriel – Dual Hawks [Album Review]

by That Guy on January 19, 2009


I’m not quite sure how we made it through 2008 without reviewing the latest album from indie pimps Centro-matic. They released a split-double album with Will Johnson’s other band, South San Gabriel, way back in June on Misra records and somehow no one on HearYa was talking about it. Or maybe they were and they just put me on probation for writing about Virginia Coalition. Either way, if you like Centro-matic’s old stuff, Lucero, or Drive-By Truckers, then Dual Hawks is going to be right up your alley.

I actually had to go back and review our top 50 albums of 2008 to make sure it wasn’t on there. The album is stellar through and through. It’s an epic 23 songs in all and, while I haven’t had a chance to fully appreciate the South San Gabriel tracks just yet, the standouts from the first half include “Twenty-Four,” “The Rat Patrol and DJ’s,” “I, The Kite” and “All Your Farewells.”‚  Enjoy the sample track and video from Dual Hawks below and dig into some mp3’s from their past albums a bit further down.

Centro-matic – I, The Kite

Video: Centro-matic – The Rat Patrol and DJ’s

From their previous album, Fort Recovery:

Centro-matic – Calling Thermatico

Centro-matic – Triggers and Trash Heaps

From Love You Just The Same:

Centro-matic – Flashes and Cables

Centro-matic – Argonne Limit Co.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody January 19, 2009 at 8:49 am

DB, we kinda dropped the ball on this one. I really liked the Centro-Matic disc but didn’t really care for the South San Gabriel stuff which is consistent with my opinion of their past efforts. Love You Just The Same is stil my favorite by them.

viachicago January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I loved this/these albums. You hit the highlights for the Centro-Matic portion—but how about the song ‘Emma Jane’ off the SSG side? It’s up there in my book of ‘if it wasn’t weird to make chicks mix CDs, I’d put this on there for sure’. It ranks high on the acoustic guitar to cello scale, rivaling Sam Baker’s ‘Mercy’, which will always hold the #1 spot for me.

Also, from Fort Recovery ‘Covered Up In Mines’….worth a listen.

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