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Tarnishing sunny melodies with a scuzzy recording style and lots and lots of feedback, Crocodiles' Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez met during their formative teenage years in San Diego. Playing together in various incarnations since then, including in the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, which featured Welchez on vocals and Rowell on guitar, the duo re-formed in a lo-fi capacity under the name Crocodiles in April of 2008. After self-releasing a distortion-driven 7", their single Neon Jesus was championed by No Age on a Stereogum best-of-2008 poll. As Crocodiles' debut full-length was recorded over that winter, blog readers started taking notice, and Summer of Hate was released by Fat Possum in late April of 2009. That winter, Crocodiles put out a Christmas-themed split 7" with Dum Dum Girls and prepped their follow-up, Sleep Forever, for the summer of 2010. After adjusting their lineup to include bassist Marco Gonzalez, keyboardist Robin Eisenberg, and drummer Anna Schulte, Rowell, Welchez, and the group traveled from their hometown of San Diego to record their third full-length in Berlin. That album, Endless Flowers, was released in the spring of 2012 on Souterrain Transmissions in the U.K. and French Kiss in the U.S. Crocodiles' fourth album, 2013's very focused and poppy Crimes of Passion, was produced by the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner and featured just the duo of Rowell and Welchez, plus the occasional guest on backing vocals and horns. Taking a break from the band, Welchez recorded an album with his wife, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, under the name Haunted Hearts. The group reconvened and set up shop in Mexico City to record its next album. Working with producer Martin Thulin, the duo continued refining the poppier aspects of its sound, while incorporating some Latin influences. Boys was released in May of 2015 on Welchez's own Zoo Music label. Their next album was recorded in the same location, with Thulin contributing instrumentation as well as steady production. Arriving in 2016, Dreamless de-emphasized guitars and used keyboards and other instruments to fill in the arrangements. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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  2.   Hollow Hollow Eyes
  3.   Telepathic Lover
  4.   I Wanna Kill
  5.   Me and My Machine Gun
  6.   Mirrors
  7.   Not Even in Your Dreams
  8.   The Boy Is a Tramp
  9.   Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)
  10.   Time to Kill
  11.   Cockroach
  12.   Jet Boy, Jet Girl
  13.   Go Now
  14.   Teardrop Guitar
  15.   Marquis de Sade
  16.   Transylvania
  17.   Un Chant d'Amour
  18.   Jumping on Angels
  19.   Flash of Light
  20.   Alita
  21.   Maximum Penetration
  22.   Do the Void
  23.   Welcome to Hell
  24.   Hard
  25.   I'm Sick
  26.   Girl In Black
  27.   Crybaby Demon
  28.   Stoned To Death
  29.   Hearts of Love
  30.   All My Hate and My Hexes Are For You
  31.   Groove is In the Heart/California Girls
  32.   Jailbird
  33.   Sleep Forever
  34.   Virgin
  35.   I Wanna Destroy You
  36.   Summer of Hate
  37.   Kool TV
  38.   Foolin' Around
  39.   Neon Jesus
  40.   She Splits Me Up
  41.   No Black Clouds for Dee Dee
  42.   U Sexy Thing
  43.   Hung Up on a Flower
  44.   I Like It in the Dark
  45.   I'm Not a Young Man Anymore
  46.   Gimme Some Annihilation
  47.   Sleeping With the Lord
  48.   Welcome Trouble
  49.   Dark Alleys
  50.   Electric Death Song
  51.   Screaming Chrome
  52.   My Surfing Lucifer
  53.   Soft Skull (In My Room)
  54.   Don't Look Up
  55.   You Are Forgiven
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  58.   Peroxide Hearts
  59.   Young Drugs
  60.   Blue
  61.   Bubblegum Trash
  62.   Heavy Metal Clouds
  63.   Echando Desmadre
  64.   Endless Flowers
  65.   Fascist Cops
  66.   Refuse Angels
  67.   Neon Autobahn

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