Artist Spotlight: Childcare
Softcore psych four-piece Childcare began their business in 2016; raising warped rhythms and luscious melodies. Surprisingly, the Londoners do have a background in babysitting. Well, frontman and vocalist Ed Cares does. In fact, the concept of starting a band was coined by a six-year-old in his care after she heard him humming. He gathered local musicians Emma Topolski (bass), Rich Le Gate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums) to meet the child’s demands, thus creating the most boho nanny entourage going.
Enthused with the energy of punk, the infectiousness of The Police and a by-numbers approach to song craft, Childcare are a band on the up. Their skewed, idiosyncratic, art-punk pop that is gaining them eager fans across the continent, and has lead to a sold out show at London Omeara and supporting Bastille on tour.
They released their debut EP Made Simple in 2017, and were met with extensive BBC Radio 1 support and wide-spread blog coverage from the likes of Wonderland. This was only the first of their critically acclaimed EPs though, as the follow-up Luckyucker in 2018 was even more and progressive.
Before long, a full-length album flounced in. Titled Wabi-Sabi, it was released this May, and met with positive responses, including “this debut is crucial listening for 2019 and a succinct explanation of why Childcare are the best British band around at the moment” from Drunken Werewolf.
Ed said of the album “Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese world view which considers true beauty to be imperfect and incomplete. Despite the many reviews from highbrow publications we get as a band, we are in fact fallible human beings, just like you. This album is therefore a reflection of the journeys we’ve been on to better ourselves and we hope that in combination with all that the Get Well Soon project has to offer, you can feel better too.”
Their lyrical themes are often undecipherable to those outside the exclusive group, yet their popular single ‘Getting Over You (By Dressing Up Like You)’ is pretty much what it says on the tin. Ed told DIY “After being the victim of a polite yet painful breakup, I found myself later that same day wearing one of the skirts of my former inamorata for a video shoot the band was filming. Realising this was an A* creative writing idea for a song, I quickly noted down the title ‘Getting Over You (By Dressing Up Like You)’ in my gmail drafts folder and the song flowered from there.”
Never stopping, Childcare have also just released a new single ‘The Smell of Souchong’, which you can stream below…