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San Diego's Crocodiles refine their noise pop to perfection on 2013's Crimes of Passion. Here they return to the basics, with the duo's previous auxiliary members sent packing and Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez only calling in additional musicians where necessary. Bringing on The Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner to supervise production was exactly the genius stroke they'd been needing for some time. The songs sound lighter and less concerned with a need to emphasize the heaviness that comes naturally to this very loud duo. This means "Marquis De Sade," "Cockroach," and especially "Heavy Metal Clouds" (where they introduce synths to soften but solidify their attack) come across as positively poppy in the most joyful way. You may still rightfully wonder what kind of malcontents linger behind song titles such as "Me and My Machine Gun," "Gimme Some Annihilation," and "I Like It in the Dark," but Crocodiles have turned those sentiments into such pretty songs that they're either really dangerous or good folks who love the magic of great music and theater. 

Customer Reviews


Definitely the most polished/easy/smooth record Crocodiles have put out yet. It's simple, sweet and classy. But at the same time it's still Crocodiles. This might sound like a bad thing to some, but to the avid Crocodiles listener this record will come off as the best yet by the band.

By Accident

I didn't know they had a new album out and I was doing a search for a Dum Dum Girls and came across this! It is awesome - another review said polished - i agree but the great fuzzy wah wah guitar is still there in all its raw glory. Great, great album!

I bought this...

And it was worth every penny. Great band! Great album!


Formed: April, 2008 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Tarnishing sunny melodies with a scuzzy recording style and lots and lots of feedback, Crocodiles' Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez met during their formative teenage years in San Diego. Playing together in various incarnations since then, including in the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, which featured Welchez on vocals and Rowell on guitar, the duo re-formed in a lo-fi capacity under the name Crocodiles in April of 2008. After self-releasing a distortion-driven 7", their single Neon Jesus was...
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