Crocodiles | Pianos | 4.04.2009


Stealing liberally from the Jesus an Mary Chain and Spacemen 3,not to mention various other psych rock bands, San Diego duo Crocodiles aren't doing anything new, but they do it very well. Dressed in skinny denim and sunglasses and bathed in red light, Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez look like a lost 1986 Creation Records press photo. It's all two-chords, feedback, reverb, and excruciating volume set against a dimestore drum machine beat. And it all works pretty brilliantly because, like fellow West Coast-ers The Soft Pack, they have one element that can't be ripped-off from someone else: attitude. All that's missing is strobe lights and smoke machines. Though it would probably work just as well with a full band.

MP3: Crocodiles – I Wanna Kill 

Abbey from Punk Photo shot video of "I Wanna Kill" and that's at the bottom of this post. Crocodiles' debut, Summer of Hate, is out April 28 on Fat Possum and you can preorder from Insound. RCRD LBL has their single "Neon Jesus" which isn't on the album. 

In this two-man form, Crocodiles probably work best in the smallest clubs possible, but they're touring with Ladytron and The Faint in mid-sized venues for the next month or so. Wouldn't be surprised if they tried to work in late-night house parties as well. They're also playing their hometown with ex-SP3 dude Sonic Boom's current trip, Spectrum, which should prove to be an interesting night.

Crocodiles – "I Wanna Kill" 

Crocodiles Tour Dates

Apr 8 HOUSE OF BLUES   Boston, Massachusetts $
Apr 10 WEBSTER HALL   New York, New York $
Apr 11 WEBSTER HALL   New York, New York $
Apr 13 TROCADERO   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania $
Apr 14 9:30 CLUB   Washington DC, Washington DC $
Apr 15 SONAR   Baltimore, Maryland $
Apr 16 THE NATIONAL   Richmond, Virginia $
Apr 17 ORANGE PEEL   Asheville, North Carolina $
Apr 18 VARIETY PLAYHOUSE   Atlanta, Georgia $
Apr 20 WAREHOUSE LIVE   Houston, Texas $
Apr 21 STUBB’S   Austin, Texas $
Apr 22 GRANADA   Dallas, Texas $
Apr 24 RIALTO THEATER   Tucson, Arizona $
Apr 25 THE GROVE   Anaheim, California $
Apr 26 HENRY FONDA THEATER   Los Angeles, California $
Apr 27 HENRY FONDA THEATER   Los Angeles, California $
Apr 29 THE FILLMORE   San Francisco, California $
Apr 30 THE FILLMORE   San Francisco, California $
May 1 ROSELAND   Portland, Oregon $
May 2 SHOWBOX   Seattle, Washington $
May 5 OGDEN THEATRE   Denver, Colorado $
May 7 BEAUTY BAR w/ Old Blood   Las Vegas, NevadaMay 11 THE CASBAH w/ Spectrum   San Diego, California

$ w/ the Faint & Ladytron

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