The members of Denton, Texas band Centro-matic are the very definition of indie-rock survivors. The nearly 20-year friendship of Will Johnson, Matt Pence, Scott Danbom and Mark Hedman fuels the sound of its new album, "Take Pride in Your Long Odds," and the band has never rocked harder or more imaginatively. KDHX is proud to welcome Centro-matic to Off Broadway in St. Louis on Friday, June 6, 2014 for a headlining show at Twangfest 18.
Coming off the release of "New Multitudes," their Woody Guthrie tribute album with Jay Farrar and Yim Yames, Will Johnson and Anders Parker had played casual but tight sets in living rooms and alternative spaces without P.A. systems for seventeen straight nights before Saturday's performance to a small but dedicated audience at Off Broadway.
Will Johnson's never been stingy with his art. From his work with Centro-matic, South San Gabriel and Monsters of Folk, to producing and playing on albums by other artists, to painting portraits of baseball players, "prolific" barely describes the Missouri-born artist.
In the eight years since his last solo release, Will Johnson, leader of Centro-matic, has been far from idle. "Scorpion" is the sound of a prolific songwriter digging deep inside for more.