CROCODILES – Botanique Club, Brussels, Belgium – September 24, 2015
Finally ! For different reasons I had to miss these swirling American psych pop/rockers’ previous gigs in Belgium. So this is my first Crocodiles live experience. I love these noisemakers from New York-via-San Diego. Core members Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell released their fifth studio album, titled ‘Boys‘, last May. They tour as a quartet – more is louder – and are now in the middle of their European promo tour. Last Thursday they came to bomb Brussels with their psychedelic big-pop-beat strokes. With tons of distorted guitars and squeaky feedback they roar through a ‘greatest hits‘ set. The only time they actually slow down is to sing, with vocal help from an enthusiastic crowd, ‘happy birthday‘ for their rousing drummer.
The show is actually one long & loud hypnotic journey. Every spectator is moving one or more body part(s). Guitarist Rowell hits his guitar strings while making shaking Elvis hip moves and Welchez‘s voice fights continuously with the towering mix. Perfect ! Ending the stirring concert with that punky 70s ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi‘ pop hit from Belgian’s one-hit-wonder Plastic Bertrand (released by the band as B-side of one of their singles from the third album as Brandon Welchez told me afterwards – must find that single !) assisted by the amazing girls of support act PINS was just brilliant. As I said this was my first Crocodiles live treatment. I want more…
(Photos by JL)