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Editors’ Notes

That the band is named after an Echo & The Bunnymen album offers a hint as to what the Crocodiles sound like, but that’s just a starting point. After opening with 48 seconds of looped synth and feedback (“Screaming Chrome”) they jump straight into the melodic and wonderfully warbly “I Wanna Kill,” which sounds a lot cheerier than the title would suggest, and once it’s over your first instinct is to play it again. And that’s the beauty of this debut by the San Diego-based duo — they take recognizably retro ideas and swirl them into their own breed of reverb-drenched, sample-heavy fuzz rock to create something exciting and unexpectedly varied. There’s thick distortion, howling feedback, and aggression one moment (“Soft Skull,” “Refuse Angels,” “Flash of Light”), followed by trippy, spooky, and oddly soothing drones the next (“Here Comes the Sky,” “Sleeping With the Lord”). Or, in the case of the title track, both at once. The Crocodiles make young angst sound like a helluva lot of fun.

Customer Reviews

A little familiar...

Go listen to Jesus and Mary Chain's song "Head On". Sound familiar to "I Wanna Kill"? Just a tad. Other than that I like their sound.

How do they do it??

How do they get away with pretty much being a Jesus & Mary Chain cover band??


Pretty interesting album from the Crocodiles...I've never heard of them before and I am impressed...Right now, the two songs, "I Wanna Kill" and "Neon Jesus" are top notch to me(I'm sure I'll find more to my liking). The rest of the album is very solid. Glad I listened!


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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