Days after taking home awards for â€œBest Popular Folk Albumâ€ and â€œSong of the Yearâ€ for their debut album â€œSombras de Oroâ€ at the Indie-O Music Awards (IMAS) in Mexico, Centavrvs delighted critics and new fans alike during their performances at South By Southwest.
The New York Times highlighted the bandâ€™s live show at SXSW saying: â€œCentavrvs plays upbeat Mexican pop, rooted in cumbias and rancheras and, often, praising the pleasures of romance. But it sets those familiar ideas in an electronic domain â€” not just programmed drums but clouds of sustained harmony, bursts of twitchy double time and sudden blips and swooshes, deliberately defamiliarizing the lilt of the pop songs.â€
PRIâ€™s â€œThe Worldâ€ featured the band in a stripped-down, impromptu street performance following Centavrvsâ€™ first showcase at SXSW. Watch the video here: pri.org/stories/centavrvs
Centavrvs was also selected as a top pick at SXSW by Austin 360, and was praised by Filter Mexico and many others for their recent performance at Vive Latino.
Named for the mythical creature, Centavrvs creates equally mythical melodies in their first full-length LP, “Sombras de Oro,”Â available now via Nacional Records. Co-produced by Toy-Selectah (Control Machete / 3BallMTY), the album features Denise GutiÃ©rrez of Hello Seahorse on the single â€œPor Eso.â€ Watch the video here:
Centavrvs originally started as a tribute to the Mexican Revolution, and now the group is sparking a musical revolution itself â€” combining electronic beats with an experimental rock aesthetic, incorporating hypnotic beats with dulcet vocals and the occasional nod to cumbia and corridos.