Centro-Matic is a widely celebrated dirt-under-the-nails independent rock band.
Centro-Matic is a widely celebrated dirt-under-the-nails independent rock band. The infamous Patterson Hood of Drive by Truckers calls Centro his “favorite band that is still vital and intact.” Venerable songwriter Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co.) also co-released an album with frontman Will Johnson.
Johnson was recently introduced as an "official member" of the band Monsters of Folk, also consisting of Conor Oberst, Jim James, and M. Ward, on an episode of Austin City Limits. On the taping, and on tour, Johnson serves as the band's drummer, provides backup vocals, as well as performing some material of his own.
It used to be, and may be again, that Centro-matic records were the ones you put on for long, late-night drives into the pitch-black oblivion, soundtracks to the getaway.