Crocodiles
Sleep Forever


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2010 | 35 replies | 4,288 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rasin’ the dead with anthemic shoegaze.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Crocodiles personify something interesting and peculiarly popular lately- a reverence for yesteryear. On their second LP, they conjure memories of The Jesus and Mary Chain and like Dr. Frankenstein, the band gives new life to a monster-like, gritty aesthetic a la Echo and the Bunnymen. The once-buried sound is worn and wearied, but with a welcome surge of new life. Polish, walls of reverb, and a shinier production in their arsenal, Sleep Forever ensures that those pre-SeaAnemone classics won’t do just that, sleep forever. The two San-Diegans concoct a melting pot of gargantuan, sonic hooks coupled with some druggy, drum-heavy droning moments. Added up, we get an incredibly visceral mixture, noisy shoegaze gushing with accessibility and replay value. The success of the death-defying experiment is more satisfying and gratifying than it is death-inducing, as the Crocodiles deal with the departed in style.

From the onset of opening track, “Mirrors,” it’s clear where Sleep Forever’s strongest abilities lie. The opener takes refuge in a throbbing groove, while Brandon Welchez marries the swelling beat to his dreamy vocals. Seven lushly fuzzy, guitar-led songs follow, proving that Crocodiles have the wherewithal to show some restraint and keep Sleep Forever to a very manageable, streamlined output. The twosome’s sonic excess of thick, swampy euphoria takes a task on them, and the band comes off a tad exhausted on the bogged-down title track, which comes off too punchy and polished. Luckily, Crocodiles have swagger to spare though; proved by the sharp, edginess of aptly titled “Billy Speed” and the raucous, chanting in “Hearts of Love.” And with an army of keyboards and synths, Crocodiles keep the mood sexy and seductive. Meanwhile, Sleep Forever treats listeners to horribly morbid themes throughout, only adding to the enthusiastic macabre of the band’s second LP. “Something in the way that you crucify me makes me smile,” Crocodiles contend in the very first line of the album. With a sophomore album as mesmerizingly awesome as Sleep Forever though, nobody better be clamoring to crucify these Dr. Frankensteins with pitchforks and torches anytime soon.



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SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2010



18802 Comments


A) If I know Sputnik (and I think I do) you guys'd really like this... I'm lookin' at you Yeti

B) I kept it pretty short considering this isn't a huge release and nobody likes reading about bands they don't know of

SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2010



18802 Comments


wait it looks good? but you said 'poop' at the end? : ( try it out, Mr. Chambered

Kiran
Emeritus
September 23rd 2010



5992 Comments


is this similar to their first album

SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2010



18802 Comments


I haven't heard it, so I couldn't tell ya for sure but other sources point towards... yes.

SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2010



18802 Comments


hooray for following through on intentions quickly chambered!


and... San Diegans? San Diegites?

beepbloopbeep
September 23rd 2010



13 Comments


anthemic shoegaze?

SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2010



18802 Comments


spread the motherfucking word and I'd appreciate it : )

SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2010



18802 Comments


review/thread just got a whole lot nicer let's keep it up guys good work

BigHans
September 23rd 2010



26455 Comments


Is this like Amusement Parks on Fire?

beepbloopbeep
September 23rd 2010



13 Comments


it's just i wasn't aware shoegaze could ever be particularly anthemic.

SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2010



18802 Comments


it's not really shoegaze if you wanna be a stickler but it's shoegazey

and I was gonna compare it to APOF but it's not quite as poppy sometimes, Hans. still simlar though

iarescientists
September 23rd 2010



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think when shoegaze is anthemic they call it twee pop

rainonmyparade
September 23rd 2010



40 Comments


Pretty good, I like Summer of Hate more, it just feels like more of a complete album, there's no Young Drugs on here.

bailar14
September 23rd 2010



1603 Comments


wont listen unless its as good as loveless

iarescientists
September 23rd 2010



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah but loveless is the only shoegaze album he knows

AggravatedYeti
September 23rd 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

more like a poppier JaMC.

album is alright nothing on it has really impressed me in the couple of spins I gave it. could change tho, the title track is pretty good.

SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2010



18802 Comments


thanks for checking it out at least, yeti, it was worth a try!

and yeah nothing like loveless but still check this out people

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2010



9994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

is this similar to summer of hate eric? i thought that was so-so, except for the title track which slayed

SeaAnemone
September 23rd 2010



18802 Comments


they supported a place to bury strangers on tour for a while so that's probs a good comparison.




tbh this is closer to a 3.5 for me, too, but don't tell anybody, I tend to be a little liberal on the 3.5/4 line when
I review something


AggravatedYeti
September 23rd 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ok listening again "Hollow Hollow Eyes" slays too, and "Mirrors" and "Sleep Forever." the rest is decent enough, kinda plays it safe more often than not imo.

Not too much different from Summer Of Hate really



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