Having generated a lot of attention across all manner of new music blogs and websites with a string of singles, the band were signed to Lost in the Manor Records late last year. The quartet then capped off a remarkable 12 months by supporting Bastille on their nationwide arena tour.
Playing regularly at such big venues, as well as prominent slots at Reading and Leeds Festivals, has clearly helped to develop the band’s impressive live show. They’ve also gained extensive radio play and support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq along the way.
The London outfit, formed in 2014, consists of frontman Ed Cares, guitarist Rich Legate, bassist Emma Topolski, and Glyn Daniels on drums. On the basis of their material released so far (and despite the tiresome band naming cliché of going all caps), CHILDCARE give the impression that they could one day spearhead their own high profile headline tour.
Latest single "Kiss?" is borne out of lead singer Ed’s awkward encounter with a mother in a playground, and encapsulates the slightly offbeat style that CHILDCARE are making their own, mixing visceral energy with remarkable musicianship. Elsewhere, earlier track "Film Club" is full of laconic riffs and adolescent musing, while "Omega Grey" makes good use of the dual male-female vocal that, at times, really sets CHILDCARE apart.
Now three singles in, and with an EP set for release very soon, there is considerable momentum and excitement behind this quartet. If they keep it up, CHILDCARE could be set for an even busier 2017.