Crocodiles on the hunt at Slim’s 

Also next Saturday, Jan. 15, at Slim’s in The City: One of 2010’s most sorely overlooked groups, San Diego’s moody soundscapers Crocodiles, whose sophomore “Sleep Forever” set on Fat Possum was a true sonic delight.

The group — which revolves around the duo of Brandon Welchez (vocals, programming) and Charles Rowell (guitar, synth) — straddles that textural alt-rock zone somewhere between early Echo And The Bunnymen and “Darklands”-era Jesus And Mary Chain, with some grim, galloping Peter Hook basslines thrown in for good Factory Records measure.

Few fans would recognize the pair’s previous punk-DIY incarnation, however — the Guy DeBord/Situationist-influenced The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower.

“We just wanted to piss people off and push buttons,” Rowell says, recalling one colorful gig in Salt Lake City where his Plot was “faced with a crowd of mostly meatheads, so we just started acting really camp, blowing kisses and talking real sweet to all these guys in the front row. And literally, it was a riot — there was a big punch-up between us and all these jocks. But it was the idea that you could make a concert a little bit more than just watching a band, forming your opinion, then going home.”

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