Crocodiles Concoct a Ten-Song Playlist for a Summer of Love and Hate

Crocodiles' transition from a posthardcore past is complete. The San Diego duo of Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell still had a bit of the brute force of their old outfits, the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower and Some Girls, bottled up their first record, 2009's Summer of Hate. (Though the static-drenched postpunk jam "I Wanna Kill" is less severe than it sounds.)

Now, the shimmering, glam beauty of last year's Sleep Forever shows that these guys can grasp any sort of pop songwriting — this time, it's a fuzzy, dream narrative that'll still sound great overloading the speakers as it causes an uncontainable emotional swell in the chest. Carrying these songs on two sets of shoulders proved to be too much in concert, though. What used to be a stripped-down, squalling two-piece live show has grown to a full band, which includes drummer Alianna Kalaba, bassist Marco Gonzalez, and keyboardist Robin Eisenberg.

Just to get a better grasp of how the guys settled on their multilayered sound, New Times hit up Welchez and Rowell for a playlist of influential melodies — with no Jesus and Mary Chain necessary here. These ten songs are all devastating, beautiful, and filled with the hypercharged human spirit coloring their own work.

This is what Crocodiles do in the bathroom.
This is what Crocodiles do in the bathroom.

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Respectable Street

518 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: West Palm Beach

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Crocodiles, with the Band in Heaven, the Fevers, and the Dewars. 9 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $10. Call 561-832-9999, or click here.

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