Crocodiles will be appearing Sunday, June 16th at Mr Smalls Theater. The band will be opening for Japandroids as part of Mr Smalls 10th Year Anniversary Celebration happening this month. We had the pleasure of covering Crocodiles this time last year at Brillobox and they put on freaking great show. The band are touring behind their soon to be released (August) third LP Crimes of Passion. The band was again kind enough to answer a few of our questions below. Their first single "Cockroach" is streaming as well. We again have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the show. As usual just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name to enter.
Your new album Crimes of Passion comes out later this August. Was there anything you were attempting to accomplish with this record?
I suppose we were trying to retain a bit of the rawness we have live that sometimes gets lost when we record. Even though it's just Charlie and I on this one someone it feels more live than our previous stuff.
How is the new album Crimes Of Passion differ from your previous output?
Perhaps this is the first one where we've reconciled some of our musical schizophrenia. We wrote every song to be a potential single and so there is definitely the pop element we've been exploring since the last record but we also applied a heavier dosage of the weird stuff on top.
Was there a different way you recorded the new album? Produced the songs?
This record comes out of a particularly shitty time in our personal lives following the death of a close friend. That, coupled with the chaos that endless touring can bring to a person's life, informed a lot of this I think. It felt very cathartic when we were doing it and relatively easy. We just sat in Sune's bedroom with and carried on with each song with very little discussion. Everything felt instinctual.
You recorded the new album in LA from what I read. How was being in that metro area compared to London/NYC/SD?
We actually recorded in the suburbs, in a house in Mount Washington. It was the most rural recording experience we've had since Sleep Forever.
You split your time residing in both London and NYC. Do these places have any impact on how you write your music? Any differing influences from your previous home of San Diego?
Living in different cities we aren't able to just go over to the other person's house with some little fragment of an idea and run with it. We both had to do a lot more individual work this time around so that when we did meet up for a week or two here or there we would have plenty to go off of. Both cities are obviously more interesting than San Diego, you just see a wider range of people and attitudes and personalities; I'm sure that informed the music in some way.
How does your songwriting process work? Do you enlist others to assist with lyrics/structure? Or does one of you bring the lyrics to the table and then you workaround that?
Most of these songs were largely written by one of us and then the other would help flesh out the skeleton. We both contribute to all aspects of the writing, lyrics included.
What are your upcoming goals? What would you like to accomplish?
We're happy if we can eat.
What made you want to dedicate your life to music? Was there a show or album?
I'm just terribly scared of living a boring life. When I was younger I feared falling into the "college, marriage, kid, work, die" thing so I decided it was worth risking destitution and ruin to try something else. Music is the only thing I'm decent at, so there you go.
Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $15 and can be found here. More information on the band can be found at these sites: