Published on July 14th, 2014




Dive into a kaleidoscopic atmosphere of music where genres of punk, noise, garage and psychedelic collide into one. San Diego based band Crocodiles shake things up, thriving on blaring yet groovy lo-fi recordings in their music. Singer Brandon Welchez and guitarist Charles Rowell are the creative minds that took mold into Crocodiles. They met in high school performing in California punk band Some Girls, and The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower. After the band’s success had caved, Welchez and Rowell stuck together and kept working on new ideas.

What had started as a determined punk duo in 2008, expanded in 2009 with the release of Crocodiles’ first album Summer of Hate. Shortly after, they had been noticed by experimental group No Age on their Top Ten Shredders of the Year list. The list mentioned the Crocodiles’ single Neon Jesus, which only increased the hype of the band’s music. Crocodiles have since released three more albums including 2010’s Sleep Forever, 2012’s Endless Flowers, and 2013’s Crimes of Passion. Each album has unique variations, but they all grasp the sound of a boisterous garage band straight out of the 80s.

Crocodiles have absorbed themselves into the music scene this year, collaborating with band Dum Dum Girls, and participating in several solo projects. Rowell has created solo project Wartime, in which he developed an entire album in a means of coping from his friend’s suicide. Welchez, on the other hand, has continued to collaborate with Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls on a side project called Haunted Hearts.

It should be interesting to see what sort of journey Crocodiles will take their listeners on next. The duo has announced the completion of their 5th album, and their first single, set to release this Fall. Crocodiles will be performing at Churchill’s Pub in Miami with opening act Jaill on Saturday, August 23. The Wisconsin indie rock group Jaill brings a upbeat and carefree tone to their music that compliments Crocodiles’ psychedelic sound. Don’t miss out on this one, all who attend are most definitely in for a night of invigorating and unforgettable performances.

~Brittany Curtis