When you name-check an Echo and the Bunnymen album, it’s a good way to get an old waver’s attention. Crocodiles are a San Diegan… Diegoan… a duo from San Diego who gained notoriety through association with a fellow California duo, No Age.
There’s still a bit of an Echo and the Bunnymen feel, with a heavy dose of Jesus and Mary Chain, but Sleep Forever mines even further back to Ian McCulloch’s inspiration, The Doors.
Take the Ray Manzerek organ intro to “Stoned To Death”:
Or maybe it sounds more like Stereolab.
The second single off Sleep Forever, “Hearts Of Love”, leans more closely to the JAMC influence. The video starts off innocently enough, with a beach party reminiscent of The Drums “Let’s Go Surfing” — but stay with it for the amusingly disturbing ending:
Cult rituals… good times.