Crocodiles on Anti-Immigration and Joe Arpaio: "We Wanted to Stand Against Hate"

There must be something about beach towns and garage rock.

Fans of local favorites the Jacuzzi Boys will be delighted to know they have a West Coast doppelganger in Crocodiles, who will be coming to town for a gig at Churchill's Pub. The San Diego band, like its Miami counterpart, has perfected the kind of laid-back fuzzy rock that seems to be recorded in an echo chamber, harkening back to crews like Question Mark & the Mysterians, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

But as casual as its sound might be, Crocodiles has a ferocious work ethic, recording five albums in just seven years of existence.

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"There's ten tracks and it's influenced by a lot of new flavors."

That's all singer and guitarist Brandon Welchez would reveal about the upcoming slab to Crossfade during a long drive for Crocodiles' current tour, which will not feature the new work.

"We know people come to hear the songs they know, but they'll get to hear the first single coming out in the fall."

The band, now performing with four members, began in 2008 with the duo of Welchez and Charles Rowell. Having seen one another around San Diego's punk scene, the two finally hit it off at what their website describes as an anti-fascism rally.

For his part, Welchez remembers it more as a "meeting against the right-wing backlash against immigrants," adding "San Diego, you know, is a border town, so we wanted to stand against hate.

"We were aware of each other before that, but that was the first time we really got to know each other," he says. "And years later, Charles was in a band and I was in a band. We both asked each other to join our bands, but my band was better. That band broke up and out of that came Crocodiles."

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David Rolland is a freelance music writer for Miami New Times. His novels, The End of the Century and Yo-Yo, are available at many fine booksellers.
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