Their latest single “Film Club” was inspired by Childcare singer/songwriter Ed Cares’ trips to cinematic gatherings in order to impress a fellow attendee – evolves from unruly beginnings into a lick-laden dual-person narrative rich in celluloid reference. Set this to a jagged guitar refrain and riotous global beat, mixed in with a love of Brit pop.
In 2014 and Ed Cares sits contemplating the formation of an oxbow lake. Despite being one of west London’s most in-demand male nannies, Ed isn’t entirely content with his lot. But, overheard humming a song he had written years before, Ed is persuaded by Katie, aged six, to form a band. Josh, eight, boldly proclaims: “You’re probably my second favourite artist after Katy Perry.”
And so, after sourcing some neighbourhood musicians capable of living up to Josh’s heady billing — specifically Emma Topolski (bass), Rich Legate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums) — Ed now hadan able band to perform with under the only logical moniker in the circumstances: Childcare.
Enthused with the energy of punk, drenched in the off-kilter pop sensibilities of Missy Elliot, the infectiousness of The Police and a by-numbers approach to songcraft akin to Happiness In Magazines-era Graham Coxon, Childcare played some of their first shows at the Reading and Leeds festivals, and soon released their debut single “Omega Grey”.
Official ‘Film Club’ launch show
Mon 28 November: The Waiting Room, London N16