CHILDCARE + SUPPORT
‘Really f**king good’ Indie Shuffle
‘A tribute to British awkwardness’ Wonderland Magazine
‘I love this band’ Annie Mac
“Is the juice worth the squeeze?
Is the honey worth the bees?
Is the trip worth the risk?
Is the rub worth the fleas?”
These are some of the big questions CHILDCARE find themselves pondering at the top of their second album ‘Busy Busy People’. It’s a mantra that returns later in the record but remains in the back of your brain throughout, a playful enquiry into the purpose of our everyday activities that highlights the South London-based group’s knack of marrying the surreal with the ordinary; soberly tripping out during the big shop.
It’s something the group have been refining as part of their identity since their genesis, when singer Ian Cares spent the time between school runs at his nannying job writing songs. He started adding other musicians to the project gradually until two Eps (2017’s ‘Made Simple’ and 2018’s ‘Luckyucker’) and one album (2019’s ‘Wabi-Sabi’) later, Ian, guitarist Rich Le Gate, bassist Emma Topolski, and male drummer David Dyson have shaped CHILDCARE into one of the most unique emerging groups in the UK. They’ve earned themselves a loyal following of fans, sold out their biggest show (so far) at London’s Scala and gained support from BBC
Radio 1 (Annie Mac, Jack Saunders), Spotify (several New Music Friday slots) and five SXSW 2020 showcases, which of course, never happened.
‘Busy Busy People’s unusual streak isn’t just confined to the album’s lyrics. Musically, it draws on all of the band’s influences, blending motown vocals and post-punk swagger with chickenpox guitar and drums. It ranges from ‘154’and its prowling Chicago house bassline to ‘Almost’, a sparse, slow-building jam that climaxes in a chainsawing solo. Throughout the album, each members’ vocals are used to create texture and harmonies, appearing in the background like church bells and call centre ambience. “Where others might turn to a sampler or use another layer of an instrument, we go ‘What can we do with vocals there to lift this?’” explains Rich, who as a point of principle, boycotted the playing of any chords on the album.
Although ‘Busy Busy People’ isn’t CHILDCARE’s first album, the group say it feels more like one to them than ‘Wabi-Sabi’ did – a cohesive, intentional collection that represents who they are and where they’re heading. With an album as fresh and fruity as this one under their belts, the award for ‘best album of the year to reflect everydayness through keeping secrets, cooking and Gok Wan’ is bound to be on the menu.
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