“Crimes of Passion”
Kindred spirits: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Yo La Tengo, Dum Dum Girls
Show: With Royal Bangs and Promise Land Sound on Sunday at DC9. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $12.
California noise/pop band Crocodiles pays obvious homage to the shimmering, fuzzed-out pop of the Jesus and Mary Chain, but the group manages to sound more like a tribute than a direct knockoff. The band’s fourth album, “Crimes of Passion,” is a whirlwind of hazy guitars and catchy melodies that make every track sound like it could be a hit single.
Despite a uniformity of tone across these songs, there are a few tracks that rise above the din. “She Splits Me Up,” in particular, is a highlight. Its cascading guitar melody, sun-drenched harmonies and reflective lyrics merge in a song that wraps its melancholy in a sugary-sweet coating. “Marquis de Sade” is as slinky as its namesake, while “Heavy Metal Clouds” is spiced up with unexpected horn accents.