Kismet is a beautiful word that describes fate, which sometimes has an odd way of bringing people together. People who seem insignificant to each other at first can become a vital part of each other’s lives. The Toronto Ontario-based indie rock band Centraal celebrates kismet in their short but sweet new single, “Nobody To You.” Check it out on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcjUG_3E3r0
Opening with catchy riffs from guitarist and lead singer Adam Gomori, the song has a garage rock vibe to it. As Gomori sings the first verse, his voice is backed by percussion from Tim Bacon & driving bass from Rob Frasca that punctuates the lyrics.
“There was a time I was not a part of you
Meandering vines together our branches grew
Drawing our lines, I hope they aren’t parallel
Drawing our lines, where they lead I couldn’t tell”
Building to the first chorus, the instrumentation drops to an anthemic gang vocal by Adam and Rob. This brief but impactful chorus contrasts the rest of the song by driving home its message with no extra clutter. The song promptly starts up again to the melodic hook of the song supplied by guitarist Mike Gavrailoff.
At first glance, you’d assume the song was about a romantic relationship, but the song’s true inspiration might surprise you. The band states, “It came from the realization that band members Adam and Rob had to have interacted with one another at a local store that Rob worked at years before ever knowing one another.” It sparked an exploration into the often-spontaneous nature of human connection.
Listen on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2k52ZkpnMpyVid8By7uJyS?si=k-n4kRbxRsWVINDJJOJ79Q&nd=1
Taking their name from a train station in Amsterdam, Centraal was formed in 2017 with the belief that music can bring people together and take them to different places. After releasing their first single “Cosmic Cars”, they followed that with the EP The All Roads in 2020 and a second single, “Coletta Bay”.
In 2023, they released their first single “This Place” from their upcoming debut album Nobody To You. “This Place” explores the complex facets of modern urban life with cutting lead guitar, bass, and drumming driving the song.
To support the upcoming album release, the band also began touring across Southern Ontario, at venues that include Painted Lady, Phog Lounge, Corktown Pub and more.
The album’s eponymous second single “Nobody To You” continues the first single’s theme by showing how being in the right place at the right time can lead to something great. The single builds further anticipation for the album’s late October release, which will be celebrated with a party in November at The Painted Lady in Toronto.