LIVE: Crocodiles @ The Black Cat -9/29/12

The San Diego band Crocodiles tore into the Black Cat on Saturday, turned the amps up to “freaking deafening,” and played a perfect, tight 40-minute set - then they left the stage, wandered back to the bar, and that was the end of the show.  Unlike the reaction from the audience after Jack White’s now-infamous similar early exit this weekend, the sparse but dedicated crowd for Crocodiles seemed at first confused, then resigned to wander back through the club to look for members of both Crocodiles and opener Punks from Mars, and just hang out for a while.

The first three songs were drenched in enough reverb to crush your ribs, and the band members spent the opening 10 minutes primarily with their backs to the audience, playing guitars straight into the amplifiers and messing with the levels and floor pedals to increase the wall of noise.  Crocodiles focuses on an insane amount of distortion, and sound like Echo and the Bunnymen dragged ass-backward through a Joy Division filter - and it’s not a coincidence that Echo’s first album was named “Crocodiles.”  Every song of Saturday’s abbreviated set was solid, but you’re left thinking "wait, what does that sound like?" at the end of every one.  They do what they do very, very well, but the influences are obvious.  Theirs is not exactly an original sound, but the songs are excellent, and the band is great live.  It’s as if the good bands of the 80s all mushed together to spawn Crocodiles outright to pick up where they left off.

TO DO LIST: Crocodiles @ The Black Cat TONIGHT!!

Sounds Like: Jesus & Mary Chain, Ravonettes, Vivian Girls, Every bad-ass fuzz band on earth.
Why You Should Go: Because gorgeous sunny Saturday activities should be followed with a scorching dose of dark reality and noise.

Dreading Monday, when you slog back to work and make up something to say you did over the weekend to hide the fact that you spent 48 hours in your basement with a case of cheap beer, playing Dungeons and Dragons with your hamsters?  Black Cat is here to save you from ignominy and disgrace, by bringing Crocodiles to the mainstage for all the 80’s throwback distortion your face can handle.

If you’re not familiar with Crocodiles, think of every song the cool kids in your college dorm listened to, then multiply that by a thousand dark lyrics and three more layers of reverb.  Hailing from San Diego, where the weather is perfect and the beaches are free, Crocodiles beats back comparisons to California happy distortion bands like Best Coast by dressing like the Ramones and singing songs with titles that include “I Wanna Kill” and the brilliant “All My Hate and My Hexes are For You,” off 2010’s Sleep Forever.  The band thrives on delivering dark and gloomy lyrics on a big old platter of fuzzy, skunky pop, and you can even dance to it if you’re so inclined.  

They’ve collaborated in the past with members of The Slits and Dum Dum Girls, and are touring to promote the most excellent new release Endless Flowers, so drag your butt out of the basement and down to the Black Cat on Saturday and see what turns up.  Be sure to bring your earplugs, cause it’s about to get LOUD up in here.  Tickets available HERE.