Crocodiles (formed 2008)
Crocodiles are an American indie band whose line-up includes Brandon Welchez, Charles Rowell, Marco Gonzalez and Robin Eisenberg.
Formation: Crocodiles formed in San Diego, California by Welchez and Rowell after their own bands dispanded. They were signed to Fat Possum Records after the band No Age cited their single 'Neon Jesus' as one of the best of the year.
Musical career: Crocodiles' debut album 'Summer of Hate' was released in 2009, after which they embarked on a supporting tour. In 2010, they recorded their second album 'Sleep Forever' in the Mojave Desert. That year they caused outrage with their song 'Kill Joe Arpaio', which angered the song's subject. In 2012, third album 'Endless Flowers' was released, featuring guests Hollie Cook as well as Dee Dee from the Dum Dum Girls. Joining them on their 2013 album 'Crimes Of Passion' were Cat Power's Gregg Foreman and Afrodyete of Breakestra.
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Crocodiles are known for their racket; good racket mind and they haven't given this up on this for 'Endless Flowers.' They seem to have tamed themselves, something that may make them likeable to a wider crowd and spread the love of this cleaner noise pop sound. Don't worry; it's not that squeaky clean, they haven't turned this Jesus and Mary Chain influence on its head. But it sounds like they're progressing and taking anxious baby steps out of this 80s Jesus and Mary Chain shadow that has been cast upon them since 2008.
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Following on from the critical and commercial success brought on from the much-lauded Sleep Forever, San Diegan two-piece Crocodiles are currently hemmed up in the studio recording their much-anticipated third album Endless Flowers. With the pair having since left their West-Coast roots behind to explore the wider world and with a newfound wealth of knowledge under their belt, Endless Flowers could well be THE album to look forward to in 2012. We caught up with half of the band, in the shape of Charles Rowell, to discuss the city they were brought up in, it's most famous citizen and the coincidental connection we share with Neil Warnock.
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For the latest single, 'Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9),' Crocodilesexhibit their blend of poppy hooks, garage rock and artsy focus perfectly; the track is complemented by the video directed by Sam Macon. Littered with religious imagery, Macon has told of how the songs opening lines - "it's Sunday and the world loves itself" - crafted the hazy, religious symbol-heavy video.
Californian duo Crocodiles emerged in 2008 out of the remnants of Some Girls and The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower respectively. Formed by the singer/songwriting/play-everything duo of Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell, they first came to the attention of UK audiences two years ago thanks to a handful of incendiary live shows in support of debut long player 'Summer Of Hate'. Combining the noise aesthetics of the early Jesus & Mary Chain or A Place To Bury Strangers with straight-forward no-nonsense rock and roll The Ramones would have been proud of, they've transcended several genres without really attaching themselves to any particular one.
Last year's James Ford produced follow-up album 'Sleep Forever' displayed a deeper, more wholesome sound than its predecessor, whereby electronics and samples also reared their heads in small dispatches. Listening to songs like 'Girl In Black', 'Billy Speed' or the title track itself, its clear they're developing at a rate of knots, which makes us all the more excited for what's in store next.
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