The Crocodiles at Lee’s Palace – A Brief Review

November 23, 2013 at 11:52 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Remember that bit in the Krays where the teacher asks the twins for a word, and without a pause they respond, “Crocodile” ? Not sure why i recall it now, but it seemed an appropriate place to begin.

I’ve been meaning to see the Crocodiles for a few years, but every time they’ve come through, fate has directed me elsewhere. This was the time.

I got to Lee’s to catch the last couple of songs of Wymond Miles’ set. I heard too few songs to make an informed judgement, but the penultimate had a nice eighties sound to it with some lovely keyboard work. The last song had a fairly glorious guitar noise, so maybe next time I’ll have to make more of an effort to be on time.

The Crocodiles often get tagged as Jesus and Mary Chain types, but to see them live is to realize how inaccurate that comparison is. For my money, the band have more in common with the Paisley Underground bands of the early eighties: sixties tunes and harmonies and organ sounds, along with pounding drums and crashing guitar sounds. The band ripped though a brief (well, 45 minute) set, encoring with the soaring “I Wanna Kill” from their 2009 debut Summer of Hate. Excellent.

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