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Crocodiles to Devour 2010



    San Diego scuzz rockers Crocodiles will bite 2010 in the ass at the Soda Bar on 12/31.

    Often compared to Jesus and Mary Chain and Echo & the Bunnymen, Crocodiles are also kindred spirits with Sub Pop sweet tarts -- and fellow locals -- Dum Dum Girls. Being married to DDG mastermind Dee Dee has never hurt lead singer Brandon Welchez's prospects in the indie music scene, nor has having a fuzzed-out sound that complements our region's new official genre, "chillwave."

    Crocodiles hit the national scene in 2008 after fellow noise rockers No Age listed (rightfully) the band's song "Neon Jesus" as one of the year's best singles. Their debut LP Summer of Hate soon followed, and after that came Sleep Forever. The band's washed out sound and dropout aesthetic attracted producer James Ford (from Simian Mobile Disco, not Lost star Sawyer), who recorded Sleep Forever and helped to cement Crocodiles' place in the post-Bush, burned-out beach bum canon.

    Lesser-known but no-less-talented local acts Heavy Hawaii and Raw Moans will open the show. New Years Eve bashes are always crazy and unpredictable, and this one is sure to be full of SoCal party animals -- so get your tickets quick.

    T. Loper is a writer and photographer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.