WHEN WE LOOK BACK NOW…
Not a lot of bands have kept their original lineup intact over theÂ course of eleven records and nearly two decades. When Centro-maticÂ started, I didn’t have many expectations other than putting out Redo TheÂ Stacks, and maybe getting the band together to play some shows whenÂ schedules allowed. There was never a formal asking of anyone to be inÂ the band or make it their full time dance partner.Â We just did whatÂ was natural and enjoyable for us. We kept finding reasons to playÂ shows, make records, then play more shows, then make more records. AsÂ time’s gone, I’ve hoped that Centro-matic’s history together has hadÂ something to do with a specific feeling when we play. I’ve hoped ourÂ collective connection over the years could somehow be heard throughÂ the the songs and the sounds. Whether that’s the case or not, I’veÂ always felt proud of our particular kind of racket.
Some pretty crucial forces have kept the four of us together for allÂ this time. We’ve largely been fueled by a consistent drive toÂ convene, share and create something new and inspiring to our earsÂ each time out. Most of the time we’ve just had a good time hangingÂ out. We’ve looked forward to it on just about every occasion I canÂ remember and we’ve come to look after each other as family along theÂ way. We’ve remained loyal to one another and I think that’s made us aÂ better band, show by show, and tour by tour. In a lot of ways, we’veÂ become grown ups together.
We’ve encountered some successes I wouldn’t have imagined when weÂ started, and like just about any band, we’ve run across someÂ unforgettable setbacks. One thing we’ve fortunately avoided over theÂ years is the presence of any notable drama. A couple of folks haveÂ even joked that the absence of drama in Centro-matic might contributeÂ to the fact that our profile isn’t bigger; that a good deal of today’sÂ consumer culture might feed off a little pot-stirring.Â Never been forÂ us to say.
I can write with no hint of drama that our December tour will be theÂ last Centro-matic tour for the indefinite and foreseeable future. ForÂ a handful of reasons, the time finally feels right to celebrate theÂ existence of this thing, then let it rest. I do think that the fourÂ of us will embark on some musical endeavor together again, but can’tÂ say that it will be within the realm or tone of what Centro-maticÂ has done.
What I do feel certain about is that this tour should be a gatheringÂ of friends, old and new, in some venues that have been kind and loyal to usÂ over the years. There’ll be some guests here and there to help usÂ ring things out properly. I don’t think we ever wanted Centro-maticÂ to leave the room silently, or sadly, or hobbled. This time feels asÂ good a note as ever to go out on and I feel safe in saying that Mark,Â Matt, Scott and I would like for this tour and for these shows to beÂ a celebration of our work and time together.
One thing that has resonated with us increasingly since the start isÂ the devotion, love and generosity within our community of fans.Â WeÂ were never the most popular band on the block, but the kind ofÂ long-running support we’ve received has been something consistentÂ and immeasurable. The climate of music has morphed into a prettyÂ different thing since we started. Even as the times have changed around us, the connection with our fans has easily and always provided our biggest source of inspiration over this incredible journey.
It’s been the most important thing.
As always, maybe see you at the rock show.
Love, Will J.
December 2014 Tour Dates:
Dec 04 Â Â Â Â Â Nashville, TN Â Â Â Â Â Â Mercy Lounge
Dec 05 Â Â Â Â Â Athens, GA Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Georgia Theater #
Dec 06 Â Â Â Â Â Raleigh, NC Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Kings Barcade *
Dec 07 Â Â Â Â Â Washington, DC Â Â Â DC9 *
Dec 09 Â Â Â Â Â Philadelphia, PA Â Â Â Boot & Saddle *
Dec 11 Â Â Â Â Â Brooklyn, NY Â Â Â Â Â Â Rough Trade *
Dec 12Â Â Â Â Â Â New York, NY Â Â Â Â Â Â Mercury Lounge ^
Dec 13 Â Â Â Â Â Allston, MA Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Great Scott ^
Dec 14 Â Â Â Â Â Buffalo, NY Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sportmenâ€™s Tavern &
Dec 15 Â Â Â Â Â Chicago, IL Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Schubas Tavern ~
Dec 16 Â Â Â Â Â St Louis, MO Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Off Broadway ~
Dec 18 Â Â Â Â Â Austin, TX Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Parish +
Dec 19Â Â Â Â Â Â Denton, TX Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dans Silverleaf ~
Dec 20 Â Â Â Â Â Denton, TX Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dans Silverleaf @
# with Dead Confederate
* with Elephant Micah
^ with Anders Parker and Cloud Badge
& with Roger Bryan and the Orphans
~ with Telegraph Canyon
+ with Monahans
@ with Slobberbone