The Anti-Beach Boys: Crocodiles

Crocodiles are a great band from sunny SoCal. So why are they so cranky?

Tuneage // Cristina Black // 08/14/12
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Charles Rowell and Brandon Wetchez of Crocodiles.
Shervin Lainez
Charles Rowell and Brandon Wetchez of Crocodiles.

Crocodiles often get miscategorized, geographically. "Someone wrote that we're a Brooklyn band, but none of us have ever lived there," says singer Brandon Welchez, slumping in a chair in a Lower Manhattan café. "Pisses me off."

It's pretty clear how he and bandmate Charles Rowell might identify with aloof reptiles that seem irritable despite the good fortune of being born into a warm, sunny climate.

These guys are from San Diego, but they're not particularly thrilled about it. When we sit down tot talk about their new album, Endless Flowers, they explain why. "Beach culture is really, really big there," says Welchez. "It's very vapid. We just couldn't relate." The song "My Surfing Lucifer," the sixth track on the LP, is about spending high school the way a lot of teenagers do, railing on everything they've been handed. And that's how these two band members found each other originally...(continued in the August/September 2012 issue).

To read more about Crocodiles, pick up a copy of the August/September 2012 issue or buy it on the iPad!

Originally published in August/September 2012

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