Family-flavored Crocodile releases EP at Opolis 

For local New Wave band Crocodile, making music is a family affair.

 

The trio sculpted a study of indie pop with its debut EP, "The Great Depression," and will be celebrating the release 9 p.m. Friday at the Opolis, 113 N. Crawford in Norman. Also appearing on the bill for the $7 show are Yacht Club! and psychedelic rockers Subatomic Pieces.

 

The album's lead track, "The Dinosaur," bubbles with smooth, habit-forming vocals and rousing piano refrains. The disc's touchstone, "August Is Over," is bittersweet and ironic in the hallmark style of modern pop rock, populated with impeccably upbeat melodies cast over weary and frustrated lyrics about relationship burnout.

 

Keyboardist Derek Brown, who is married to lead singer Raechel Brown and is a cousin of drummer Dusty Wayne Nelson, credited the familial bond for the band's relaxed progression during its formation.

 

"It's hard for me to play with anyone that I'm not super-close with," he said. "If it's just some guy, it can be a stressful thing to write songs together and figure out who does what. This is my best friend; this is my wife. It's the ideal situation."

 

Derek Brown said recording "The Great Depression" was a slow process, with Crocodile posting various versions of the songs on its MySpace page before settling on final versions for the CD.

 

"You can play something by accident or in the spur of the moment. You play what you feel. If they say, 'Oh, that's good!,' then great. It's more natural," Nelson said. "Charles Martin

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