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Endless Flowers

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Recorded in Berlin last summer, Endless Flowers is the first album to feature Crocodiles' full five-piece line up, which has evolved from their 2008 genesis as the core duo of singer/guitarist Brandon welchez and guitarist Charles Rowell to now include keyboardist Robin Eisenberg, bassist Marco Gonzalez, and drummer Anna Schuite. Endless Flowers follows in the footsteps of the band's stellar two previous releases (2010's Sleep Forever and 2009's debut Summer of Hate), while adding a refined cohesion and unmistakable sunny-ness to their glorious noise- and echo-cloaked pop. The title track opener is four and a half minutes of soaring, alarm-ringing guitars, while "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)" comes next with a resounding, punk-inflected charge. The 7-plus minute "My Surfing Lucifer" begins with two minutes of grimy, hissed spoken word before ascending to glammy, distorted heights; the bass-heavy and buzzing "Dark Alleys" is a motorik march; and the swirling "Bubblegum Trash" has a sweet, dirty charm. Nearly all are single-worthy, and are embellished with Welchez's newly forward-mixed croon. Crocodiles are: Brandon Welchez (vocals, guitar), Charles Rowell (guitar), Marco Gonzalez (bass), Anna Schulte (drums), and Robin Eisenburg (keyboards).

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Endless Flowers
  2. Sunday (psychic Conversation #9)
  3. No Black Clouds For Dee Dee
  4. Electric Death Song
  5. Hung Up on A Flower
  6. My Surfing Lucifer
  7. Dark Alleys
  8. Bubblegum Trash
  9. Welcome Trash
  10. You Are Forgiven


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenchkiss
  • ASIN: B007TW2A9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No longer are Crocodiles brooding purveyors of pop-scented sonic sludge, morosely indulging in multi-tracked layer upon multi-tracked layer of buzzing guitar as they did on 2009's Summer of Hate and 2010's Sleep Forever, heavily influenced by the Jesus and Mary Chain and the color black. First single "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)" bursts out of the gate with a lurching melody that screams out summer anthem more than anything this band has ever laid down on record, all sunscreen and surfboards and blinding glare stretching out endlessly. It propels itself relentlessly forward, an unconscious amount of level-stretching noise nearly obliterating the vocals. It's damn fun, the way everything sounds after a wave has turned you up and violently down, washing everything out with a thud. "If you were a daisy, thirsting for a fix / I'd gladly be the dew," Brandon Welchez sings to his wife Dee Dee Penny (of similarly-minded noise pop group Dum Dum Girls) on "No Black Clouds for Dee Dee." "No more dead birds raining on you / no more black clouds hanging around," a fitting summation of the direction Crocodiles have confidently gone for with Endless Flowers.

After two albums of tinkering their sound, playing around with their influences and showing a fine grasp of where to set the storm of guitars and keys so they just barely fail to overwhelm Welchez's laissez-faire vocals, Endless Flowers is the sound of a band in full control of their faculties and more confident than ever in their songwriting. The opening combo of the title track and "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) is the purest distillation of their noise-pop/shoegaze ethos, pruned down to a respectable length and wasting not a note in lengthy buildups or outros.
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Crocodiles are a San Diego based `noise pop' band who have been compared to The Archie's, Tommy James & The Shondells, and Gary Glitter (i mean seriously guys that could not have been meant as a compliment). For my part I felt they were `My Bloody Valentine' meets `The Vaccines' with a good helping of `The Ramones' and if that sounds like a good idea to you, then you would be ruddy well right.

This great album kicks off with the title track `Endless Flowers' which is quite near to perfect pop with fuzzy guitars. `Sunday' has one of those riffs you just want to do an indie club dance to and opens with the line 'Its Sunday and the World Loves itself' and I love this track. Third track `No Black Clouds for Dee De' slows things down as this is a bit of a love ode to his main woman and front person Dee Dee Penny of the Dum Dum Girls. Then back on track with drum infused guitar frenzy of `Electric Death Song' which drives on with Brandon Welchez's vocals lamenting televisions and electrocution.

`Hung up on a flower' really slows down and opening line `under nauseous skies' may give you some idea of where this one is going. Then it lurches into my fave `My Suring Lucifer' with a chorus so infective you should require inoculation. This one really could have been done by The Ramones, but it has a marvellous driving rhythm and `yeah yeah yeah' backing vocals that just lift it right up there.

`Dark Alleys is more drum machine - esque as like all good musos they don't use one. This leads to `Bubblegum Trash' and it has brilliantly placed double entendre lyrics like - swallow me or spit me out- or it might just be me and my filthy mind, either way it's great.
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So much can be said about this band and this album. First off I will say I am a huge fan of their stuff and this is one of my favorite albums. Every song is good and some are spectacular. If you are a fan of good music you owe it to yourself to give The Crocodiles a listen and this would be a good album to even start with but certainly will be essential to your collection after you've become a fan. It truly showcases some of their greatest gifts for creating some really great music. Do your ears a favor........check out No Blacks Clouds for Dee Dee , Endless Flowers, Bubblegum Trash and maybe Welcome Trash on Youtube and you'll be hooked, unless, of course you haven't a clue what good music sounds like :)
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