South San Gabriel (band)

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South San Gabriel
Origin Denton, Texas, United States
Genres Alternative country
Associated acts Centro-Matic, Okkervil River, Monsters of Folk
Members Will Johnson (musician)

South San Gabriel is an alternative country band based in Denton, Texas.

The band is named after the San Gabriel river fork north of Austin, Texas. The group consists of the same players from Centro-matic with the inclusion of guests, but focuses on more introspective and subdued offerings from their repertoire. Lead singer Will Johnson, has alternated between the two projects, while also releasing solo albums. South San Gabriel released Welcome, Convalescense and The Carlton Chronicles in 2003 and 2005, respectively. The first South San Gabriel album, South San Gabriel Songs / Music, was released under the nom de plume Centro-Matic. The band later decided to keep the straightforward rock songs for Centro-Matic and release the quieter songs as South San Gabriel. However, there's already no reference to Centro-Matic on the Munich Records (The Netherlands) release of Songs/Music.


  • South San Gabriel Songs/Music (Munich, 2000) [Netherlands; credited to Centro-Matic on U.S. release]
  • Welcome, Convalescense (Munich, 2003) [Netherlands]
  • The Carlton Chronicles: Not Until The Operation's Through (Misra, 2005)
  • Dual Hawks split double album with Centro-Matic (Misra, 2008)
Singles and EPs
  • "Stark Miami Mines" split 7" with Okkervil River (Tight Spot, 2002)
  • I Am Six Pounds Of Dynamite + 3 (Munich, 2005)
  • Eyas split EP with Centro-Matic (2010) [digital-only release on Amazon and iTunes]
Compilation appearances
  • "Evangeline" on Awesome (Munich, 2001) [compilation also features Centro-Matic]
  • "One Hundred Thousand Bridesmaids" on Esto No Es Un Cactus (Sinedin, 2001) [Spain; compilation also features Centro-Matic]
  • "Smelling Medicinal" on All Areas, Vol. 41 (Visions Magazine, 2003) [Germany]
  • "I Am Six Pounds of Dynamite" on Gimme Danger (Uncut Magazine, 2005) [United Kingdom]
  • "I Feel Too Young To Die" on We Have The Technology (Misra, 2006) [compilation also features Centro-Matic]
  • "I Feel Too Young To Die" on New Colors (Misra, 2007) [compilation also features Centro-Matic and Will Johnson]
  • "Emma Jane" on Houston Party 10 Aniversario (Sinedin, 2008)

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