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The Crocodiles

By Carlos Ramirez

THE CROCODILES Create Buzz With Summer Of Love

Anyone old enough to be around for the grunge gold rush of the early 90s remembers all of the press attention Seattle was showered with. The current A&R scout hotbed is undoubtedly San Diego. Artists like Wavves and The Soft Pack (both SESAC artists) have helped put the cities musical underground on the radar of every in-the-know music journalist and indie label owner from Brooklyn to Stockholm. If there was any forerunner for stand out act of the San Diego scene, it would have to be The Crocodiles. Featuring Brandon Welchez and Charles Roswell, both former members of The Prayers, the duo specialize in the kind of buzzed-out guitar rave-ups that appeal to the hipster contingent while making believers out of the staunchest rock fan. “A lot of people call us lo-fi or whatever but I think there’s more to our sound than that,” explains Welchez. “We want our songs to sonically sound huge and we’ve worked really hard on that.”

CrocodilesFormed in 2008, The Crocodiles quickly released a 7” single for their track “Neon Jesus” which grabbed the attention of the folks at Fat Possum Records who signed the band shortly after. Another early champion of the band was SESAC’s own Josh Feingold who had signed Welchez when he was a member of The Prayers and instantly fell in love with the new project. Summer of Hate, the group’s debut album, was just released and has helped put Roswell and Welchez in the pages of magazines like Interview and Spin. “Imagine Phil Spector, Kevin Shields, and Steve Albini having a ménage à trois and you get the idea,” described Spin while Rolling Stone raved, “This is a repeat-ready 34 minutes of melodic pop pushed to the disintegration point and beyond.” When talking about the band’s “I Wanna Kill” single, the famously fickle folks at Nylon magazine gushed, “no one here is yet to escape the palpitations and general sense of “OMG, can this really be as good as I think it is?” hysteria that

inevitably hits the very first time you tune into this Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-meets-Buggles masterpiece.”

Digging into Summer of Hate you’ll hear traces of the haunted electronics of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Fad Gadget. “We’ve heard the OMD thing a few times now but I have to be honest, I own one album by them and I think I might have listened to it once or twice,” revealed Welchez. “We use a drum machine and some keyboards on the record so that’s where that feel probably comes from.” Wherever they mine their musical inspiration from, The Crocodiles have undoubtedly crafted one of the year’s best albums. Showing some of the DIY punk spirit the singer/guitarist comes from he humbly tells us, “I just hope the press we’re getting right now helps bring attention to some of the great bands we’re friends with in San Diego.”

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