“Crocodylus have nailed this one” 5/5 stars – Declan Byrne triple J Home & Hosed
“Social Climber’ is a fun garage-y number that’ll be running around your head all day” – Life Without Andy
“An absolute blast” – AU Review
Sydney’s Crocodylus have dropped a nostalgic new video for their current single “Social Climber”, lifted from their forthcoming Social Climber / Camouflage 7” vinyl, set for release on October 16 via Bargain Bin Records.
The video for “Social Climber” was captured in Ginkin, NSW on a particularly cold day in August. Holed up in the tiny regional town working on their debut album, on the final day of the writing trip it started snowing, so Crocs grabbed their gear, dashed outside and started filming. The video is interspersed with their favourite tour footage collected over the last four years, giving it an air of both nostalgia and hope. The video premiered on triple j Unearthed last night and is essential viewing.
On the video, drummer Mikel Salvador says: “It was snowing, which was super lucky. Always feel like we get really lucky with the weather in our videos, like the sky in “Adrenaline”, or the sunset in “Ghosts”. Jamieson (Kerr – Director/Cinematographer) also used some old lenses from the 60s to shoot it, and it really kinda gives it that old vibe, although to me it looks a lot older than the 60s, feels like we’re in France in 1916 or something. We only had like 20 minutes or snow for that shoot too, so we were hurrying all over the place, same with the shots of us playing our instruments, it’s kinda hard to tell but it was full-on raining during that part and all our nice gear got soaked!
“The flashbacks in the video harken back to old times, it wasn’t a conscious decision to look back to pre-COVID days in the music scene, Jamieson has been working on this video for a year or so, gathering footage and all that. He’s been filming and hanging out with us for almost four years now and has gotten a lot of footage and special moments that we’ve all shared together. The current state of the music scene and the world is a fitting context for these scenes however it was not intended. It’s a lovely feeling watching that old footage and coming to terms with the current situation, but also getting excited for when we can do it all again.”
Recorded right before Sydney went into lockdown earlier this year, the double A-Side 7″ features soon-to-be-released “Camouflage”, boasting a classic Crocs feel, and current single “Social Climber”, which was written four years ago and reveals a different side to the Northern Beaches trio.
A jangly garage rock anthem-in-waiting, “Social Climber” is the band’s most poignant song yet and was embraced upon its release earlier this month. Premiering on triple j’s Home & Hosed, “Social Climber” has landed a spot on triple j Unearthed and Edge Radio rotation, and is currently among the top 10 most played on Three D Radio. “Social Climber” was also earmarked as Track of the Day on the AU Review, one of Life Without Andy’s Five Fresh Tracks and Something You Said’s Top 10 Tunes of the Week.