From Brandon Welchez & Charles Rowell, otherwise known as Crocodiles, comes this pop-infused buzzfest. The San Diego duo’s latest was produced by the equally fuzzy-sounding Raveonettes, giving the whole proceeding a gauzy Jesus & Mary Chain sound that envelops the tracks in a propulsive wooziness.
The group’s California roots may be to blame for their undeniable tunefulness, coming across at times like a drugged-out Beach Boys. Melodies abound even in three chord romps such as “Cockroach”, and when they get playful on “Marquis de Sade” with moans and more, it’s late night makeout music time.
I’m not sure garage rock needed updating, as its simple pleasures never go out of style, but Crocodiles have managed to retain the basics of the genre while adding their own flourishes on top.