This Crocodile, originally from across the pond in the U.S of A. Charles Rowell aka Chuck is now a Londoner where he juggles band life, his love for Queens Park Rangers and pie and mash. This week’s LDNER peeps…guy! He’s only one half of scuzzy indie band
So, tell us where you live in London and what you like about the area?
I live in Acton, West London. However, I am only a walk away from Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith, where I spend most of my days. As an outsider, I have to admit that I am fascinated with all of London not just my beloved West London. Though it’s not a 24 hour city like New York, where I live has everything I could want or need. There are beautiful parks, charity shops, quaint pubs, the Thames and Queens Park Rangers.
When you are not on tour, writing or recording, how do you spend your days in London Town?
A usual day consists of a walk through Ravenscourt Park up to King Street in Hammersmith, a pop into every book shop, a coffee in the King’s Mall, then a few pints in Brackenbury Village at my not so local local the Andover Arms. Many a lyric has been written on this walk.
We hear you are a pie and mash fan, we’d happily challenge you, but where’s good for P&M?
Cooke’s Pie & Mash has been servicing the Bush since 1934. It’s the best I have had in London and I have had quite a few. The shop was also featured in The Who film Quardraphenia. It’s just down the road from me and around the corner from Loftus Road; a staple in my weekly football routine.
In your line of work your no stranger to a drinking den, but where are some of your favourite hangout in London?
As before, the Andover Arms is my not so local local where everyone knows my name. I tend to visit the British Queen on match day because it’s nefarious and full of hooligans. The Defectors Weld by the green has some decent music on almost every night and if I am skint you can find me at the Wetherspoon’s on King Street because they do cheap ales.
What would be your ‘perfect day’ in London?
A perfect day in London… I would begin by playing basketball in Ravenscourt Park with Jim Carroll. Afterwards we would continue down to the river where a boat would be waiting for us. The boat would be filled to maximum capacity with all of my friends and a few notable artists like Richard Brautigan, Arthur Rimbaud and Lajos Kassak. Bill Bailey would set the tone for the evening with some uproarious standup comedy. The Television Personalities would then begin their afternoon set followed by Dr. Feelgood. T. Rex would come on once the sun had disappeared and their set would then be followed by an all night performance and dj set by Chris & Cosey. The boat would let us off somewhere near the Hammersmith Bridge. We would all continue partying in a field somewhere in Barnes. I don’t ask for much do I?
Well all that we ask is we’re invited yeah? Thanks Chuck, Crocodiles new album Crimes Of Passion is out 19th Aug via Zoo Music. BOOM.