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New - Crocodiles - Endless Flowers

Kind of surprised we didn’t get this up as soon as it hit, we’ve both been down with these guys for a little bit. This is due in no small part to our admiration for their previous band The Plot to Blow Up The Eiffel Tower and especially front man Brandon Welchez’s wife Dee Dee’s band Dum Dum Girls. Clearly Welchez shares our admiration for his wife’s band, as this new record has forged Crocodiles’ sound much closer to the formula favored by the Dum Dum Girls. That would be the clever mix of distorted, reverb drenched guitars filling out a sound that’s, at its core, modeled after soda fountain pop of the 50’s and 60’s. I have chosen to call this style of music…wait for it…waaaaait for it…

SADDLE SHOEGAZE!!

*Mark jumps up, does a screaming victory lap around the office, into the hall way, where he does the Lambeau Leap into an unsuspecting janitor.*

I sincerely apologize, I was really excited when I came up with that one.

It is, conceptually a really cool idea, the molding of two forms of pop music that come from two very different eras, but similar emotional places. The Psychedelic Furs are largely credited with being a heavy influence, and to a degree, I can see that, but this is a little more charged in its nostalgic root as even they were. I would also plead that any aspiring saddle shoegazers out there think very carefully before joining this genre, the sound has worked very well for two bands thus far, but I can see it getting stale in a hurry, please don’t make me listen to that.

That said, a very cool sounding, catchy record. I like last year’s Dum Dum Girls record better, but I have a feeling these guys do too, but this is very excellent as well. - MO