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Crocodiles Are Coming! Lead Singer Brandon Welchez Talks About Their Debut Album: Summer of Hate

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Photo by Alex Kacha

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Holy Jesus and the Mary Chain, Batman! Crocodiles are coming to the Troubadour tonight supporting their two month old, brand spanking new, debut disk, Summer of Hate. Toting loud fuzzed out guitars, electric drums, and sneering lyrics that knock you breath back, Crocodiles have created a pulsing spaced out noise that will vibrate through your skull for a good way. Brandon Welchez was kind enough to speak with us yesterday by phone. Here is some of what was said. What song are you most proud of on Summer of Hate?
Oh, that’s really hard to say. I’m really pleased with all of them, but if I was to chose one perhaps it would be "Young Drugs." It’s the last song on the album. I think it’s a real achievement for both of us because it’s so long. Usually we write really impatient sort of music, and this is the first time we had a song that built up and rose and fell sucessfully. I never thought I would be part of a seven minute song.

How did you guys get together?
We were in a number of bands together before this one.

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Why did they break up?
Every band has a shelf life. We broke up for very organic reasons You usually stay together until you’re not having fun anymore.

What inspired “I Wanna Kill”?
I read an article about a little girl who killed a little boy. I don’t even remember where I read it. She was like six years old and she killed her five year old neighbor. I don’t know why that struck me, but it did.

Why did you choose to name your album Summer of Hate?
Because it sounds it sounds wicked! Don’t you think so?

Yes, it does. It’s not an anti-hippie statement is it? Or a joke on the Summer of Love?
No, it’s got nothing to do with hippies. I’m totally apathetic towards all youth subcultures. I want no part of them. I mean, I’m pro youth, just not the subcultures that come with it. So much of youth culture is constructed, you know? I don’t really concern myself with that. If people like our music and enjoy it then that’s great.

If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?
It values money over art and I think those values should be switched. If there was some way that people could value art over money, I think that would be better. But I suppose it wouldn’t be a business then.

What is the weirdest thing you ever saw in the audience?
Hm, oh I know! It wasn’t weird. It was awesome. It happened when we were in the OC on this last tour opening for the Faint and Ladytron. There was this group of kids who were at the front of the stage waiting for Ladytron to go on and they very visablly didn’t like us. They were flipping us off and were yelling things like “Stop!” and “You suck!” It was great. We flipped them off back and continued playing. It was awesome!

Yeah! I love strong reactions. I don’t care if you like my music or not, but it should generate a strong feeling. It’s way better than doing nothing.

What album do you never get sick of?
Oh man, there are so many. In our car we listen to the Smiths pretty religiously. We also have this Trojan Records reggae hits CD, which we never get stick of. And of course the Beatles. You know, stuff I’ve been listening to for years.

What is the worst thing about touring?
Not getting enough sleep! You’re so grumpy all the time.

What’s the best?
Not being at home working.

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Do you have any strange promoter stories from the road?
God, yes! We had a terrible experience when we played in Las Vegas, that fucking hellhole in the desert.

What happened?
We showed up and the other two bands didn’t. The promoter got really mad at us about that. No one showed up to that stow at all, and he was mad at us for that too. No one knew who the fuck we were. I mean you shouldn’t have booked us if you weren’t going to promote the show! I’m never going back to Vegas.

What if they beg you?
(laughs) Yeah, okay. I’m not going back to Vegas until we do a forty year reunion tour at Caesar’s palace.

If you had one hour in Los Angeles what would you do?
Start driving North or South.

Why don't you like LA?
I don’t dislike LA. We play there all the time and we've got a lot of good friends there. It's just hard to go out without being suffocated in the shallow party culture.

Do you have a favorite local band at the moment?
Probably Spirit Photography and the Soft Pack. They're both great.

If you were throwing two parties, one in Heaven and one in Hell, who would you have headline?
I don’t believe in Heaven and Hell.

Okay, well if you were throwing a party in your backyard who would you book?
Um, the Beatles, Sex Pistols, and John Coltrane. I dunno. I think that would be a pretty good lineup.

Yeah, it would. Thank you so much for talking with us.
Thank you!

Be sure to check out Crocodiles tonight at theTroubadour with Holy Fuck. Doors are at 8pm. Tickets are $14.