Articles tagged with Crocodiles

Oh yeah, I’m afraid of drug dealers

Leather jackets in the sun
For the next three weeks (minus a couple of days), I’ll be heading up news at Exclaim! while the usual editor is away, so my schedule will be busier than normal. Maybe this will affect my posting here, maybe it won’t, I’m not sure yet.

Here’s a song from Crocodiles, who just released a new free EP, Fires of Comparison. Go to Exclaim! to read my brief article about it and click below to download the first track, “Kill Joe Arpaio.” It’s an instrumental psych rocker that uses news clips discussing the Arizona immigration controversy to make a trippy political statement.

MP3: “Kill Joe Arpaio”
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A prisoner in my home

Committing themselves to this psychedelia thing
Yesterday, I wrote a story about Crocodiles‘ upcoming sophomore LP, Sleep Forever. Head over to Exclaim! to get the scoop.

Stereogum has posted the album’s title track, an awesomely psychedelic rocker that’s steeped in fuzz, echo and reverb. Unlike the group’s previous new wave-inspired material, the new song sounds closer to modern ’60s-worshippers like the Brain Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols—except without the preening self-satisfaction or rampant douchebaggery, so yay.

MP3: “Sleep Forever”
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Crocodiles favour sonics over songwriting

“I Wanna Kill,” the first single off CrocodilesSummer of Hate, is a perfect pop song. Sonically, it recalls the Jesus and Mary Chain, with fuzzed out guitars, reverb-soaked vocals and a jackhammer beat. But the tune itself practically floats, especially the jubilant singalong chorus, which repeats the lyric “I want to kill tonight.” It’s probably the most buoyant song ever written about homicide and, placed at track two (track one, “Screaming Chrome,” is a brief ambient intro), it gets the record off to a blazing start.

It’s initially disappointing that the rest of Summer of Hate, Crocodiles’ first full-length, sounds nothing like “I Wanna Kill.” Unlike the single, the rest of the album favours drones over concise pop songs; Crocodiles come about their hooks by way of repetition, not melody, mixing shoegaze guitars with warm synths and hypnotic electro beats. “Here Comes the Sky” is one of the standouts of the collection, despite not really going anywhere in its four-minute runtime; the plunking piano and tremelo-laden arpeggios sound more like a soothing interlude than a radio-ready single.

When the group does pick up the pace, the hooks are typically buried by the hazy production. “Refuse Angels” is short and punchy, but the vocals are so drenched in reverb that it’s practically an instrumental. But with Crocodiles, that’s part of the experience, since Summer of Hate is more about the sonics than the songwriting. This is best exemplified by the title track, its cavernous guitar fuzz the perfect accompaniment to the creeped-out vocal melody. It may not be the tight collection of pop songs that the lead single suggests, but the dreamy atmospherics are just as compelling.

Summer of Hate is out now via Fat Possum.
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Hopping and bopping to the Crocodiles’ rock

Almost anyone who has ever written about Crocodiles has compared the duo to breakout lo-fi bands such as No Age, Times New Viking, and Wavves. Like those bands, Crocodiles coat their recordings in white wash distortion and bury the vocals behind a haze of reverb. But Crocodiles are unique in the movement because of their reliance on electronics; all of the drums are programmed, and synthesizers feature almost as prominently as guitars in the arrangements.

On April 28, the band will release its debut full-length via Fat Possum. It’s called Summer of Hate, and while I’m still digesting the album, I’ve completely fallen in love with the first single, “I Wanna Kill.” It sounds a lot like the Jesus & Mary Chain, with an ultra-distorted four-note guitar lick and cavernous percussion (which, remember, is actually programmed, although it sounds almost natural here). But what makes the song so exciting is its devastatingly simple three chord hook; it has a blissful bubblegum melody, which makes the refrain of “I wanna kill tonight” seem all the more gruesome by comparison. Homicide has never sounded so much fun.

You can stream the song from Crocodiles’ MySpace, or download it at Stereogum.
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