Crocodiles Rock Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday

November 22nd, 2013

After previous groups of theirs had broken up, childhood friends Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez formed Crocodiles, a lo-fi, distortion-fueled noise-pop band based in
San Diego, in 2008. The duo’s sound has been compared to Echo & the Bunnymen’s and that of a stripped-down version of the Jesus and Mary Chain’s. (Think sunny melodies and dirty feedback.) After putting out two albums, they decided to go with a bigger sound for the third, so the two added Robin Eisenberg on keys, Marco Gonzalez on bass and Anna Schulte on drums. According to Rolling Stone, that album, last year’s Endless Flowers, “is filled with hook-y, fuzz-bombed cuts.” But Rowell and Welchez returned to their duo roots for their fourth full-length, Crimes of Passion (stream it below). “There’s an edge to these songs, a kind of darkness burning through the fuzzy, reverb-heavy pop,” said Consequence of Sound about the album, released in August. And now Crocodiles (above, doing “Sleep Forever” last year for Moshcam) head to Brooklyn in support of it to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday.