Chris Sidwell started the Digital Dinosaurs as a solo pop/psychedelic rock/folk project and then met up with multi instrumentalist Alf Hardy forming the Crokodile Tears. After many album releases and video’s Alf Hardy and Chris continue to play live as an acoustic trio with long-time contributor guitarist Jerry Richards. Their latest album ,’Maid in Meriden’ has been released on Dodgy Ticket records and features some guest instrumentalists including for the first, and only time on a Crokodile Tears record, a sitar !
Words Of Wisdom
“The world of music is full of quiet achievers who soldier on without a thought for buying mansions on the hill or driving Rolls Royces into duck ponds. Crokodile Tears are such a band. ‘Words of Wisdom’ is the first of his albums that could introduce Christopher Sidwell to a wider audience. The songs have a whimsical, childlike quality that is offset by their strong melodies and insistent refrains. ‘Gingernutz’ and ‘Sad Boys’ are as likeable as they are listenable but it is the unbelievably catchy title track that in a perfect world would sell a million. ‘Come Back Blues’ is a gutsy blues number that would lend itself to any amount of covers. The slower more introspective songs such as ‘Sheffield Steel M1’ and ‘Cathedral Lanes’ reveal the strength of Sidwell’s songwriting. At best his songs have the tuneful simplicity of The Beatles ‘Blackbird’ or ‘Here Comes the Sun’and you can’t hope for more than that.” Martin Hewettson – Radio 2SER (Australia)
Maid In Meriden
“The Crocks (Chris Sidwell and Alf Hardy) continue their musical journey in the shape of a new album.’Made in Meriden’. It’s a concept album of sorts as each track traces various key points in Chris’s life. From the opener,’Maid in Meriden’ to ‘Sunsets’ it’s a chance to submerse yourself in the very essence of what makes this oh so original duo tick. Be warned though, once you think you have fathomed it out, up comes another track that throws a curveball at your theory and you finally realise there is nothing to understand just enjoy the experience. There’s no other band quite like Crokodile Tears !” Pete Chambers – Coventry Evening Telegraph
Reminiscent of the B52’s the Croks performing Love Car……