Originally gaining steam as an aggressive, noisy, yet poppy rock outfit, Crocodiles have switched gears on their latest release, "Dreamless." They are bringing their now unique mish-mash of fuzzed-out, guitar-driven riffs and synth-pop leads to a stacked lineup at The Jinx for this year's Stopover.

"Yeah, we took out a lot of, like, the really gnarly guitars and stuff like that on this one, just to like challenge ourselves and try and do something different â¦" said Crocodiles' frontman and guitar player Brandon Welchez about the latest album. "We both grew up on punk and ⦠'60s s*** our parents gave us, ya know?"

The duo, Welchez and Charles Rowell, originated in San Diego, the two having met when they were teenagers.

"We met in the punk scene in San Diego. There was only one decent underage club, so a lot of people that still play music and stuff in that city all met up there," said Welchez.

Now, Welchez and Rowell live in Mexico City, Mexico, and Lyon, France, respectively. The two pull from a pool of other musicians who support them live on tours, though they themselves are behind all of the writing and recording. Welchez says the distance between the two doesn't muddle their creative process.

"It's easy, man ⦠one of us writes the song and sends it out to the other one ⦠We meet up in person to work on them more, demo those and then, go out and record for real," said Welchez.

Crocodiles garnered a fair amount of infamy in 2010 after releasing the instrumental track "Kill Joe Arpaio," a poppy, noisy track overladen with echoing sound clips of controversial Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an unabashed anti-immigration advocate.

Though the idea of the song may have been political in nature, Welchez says Crocodiles is not a politically driven band.

"I mean we're political people, I guess, as much as anybody else is ⦠but it doesn't really come into the music that often. Not 'cause we don't care to express it, but, in my opinion, it's quite hard to write about politics in music and not sound like a jack***, like the way Green Day or something does," he chuckled.

The duo and supporting musicians will be touring with Puerto Rican act AJ Davila on their way to Savannah and beyond, hitting the road through most of March.


Midnight March 11

The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.