SXSW '12 Bus Sessions: Crocodiles

Written by Aidan Rush Posted in: SXSW '12 Bus Sessions on May 22, 2012

Well, we’re here. We’ve finally made it to the end of our Bus Session videos. Sob. The good news is that we have a nice wind-down session to close out the set from Crocodiles.

For some reason the name Crocodiles sounds right for a noise pop band hailing from Southern California. It makes even more sense when you learn that the duo of Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez sport a thorny us against the world mentality, or that they come from a place they consider next to dead on the artistic scale. This semi-jaded outlook in understandable for two guys who’ve been at it for over a decade in various musical incarnations that puttered out, and have grown tired of all those stereotypical band musings like eating ramen and having the van break down.

As we’ve seen in past Presskit session articles, the spurring event that starts building a band’s momentum often comes from an unexpected angle.  In the case of Crocodiles, they got mentioned as part of noise pop contemporary act No Age’s year-end best-of List on Stereogum, and the resulting excitement around them was enough for Fat Possum to take note and release their debut, Summer of Hate. 

Just to recap, in the past three weeks we’ve had bands generate buzz for doing things like making exercise videos (Crocodiles also made an infomercial), signing on to act lead in a movie in Jamaica, and now just for being approved by the right band in the right place at the right time.  Since then, Crocodiles has recorded albums with Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford (2010’s Sleep Forever), and is now one of the most loudly buzzing bands around in the weeks before their upcoming full length, Endless Flowers.

Listen to the duo’s lo-fi, stripped down version of “Stoned to Death” as played on the bus in the player above, and catch them on tour in Europe and in the States this summer if you’re a fan.

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