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In Conversation with Childcare

Childcare formed in 2016 under the advice of a six year old, it’s not the ordinary band story but Childcare are not an ordinary band. Frontman Ed Cares was living life as one of the most in-demand male nannies in west London at the time and was advised to start the band from one of the children he looked after.

From here he enlisted Rich Le Gate for guitar, Emma Topolski for bass and Glyn Daniels for drums to together form Childcare. Two years down the line there’s been a lot going on. Two EPs, plenty of touring (including one with Bastille) and now an album on the way, Childcare are thriving. Does life ever slow down for the band? “Not in the near future” Ed says simply.

“I suppose December will be a bit quieter as soon as we get back [from tour] we’re getting onto finish the album, get the album mixed and stuff like that. We’re hoping to have that finished by the start of December and then out the start of next year. So December might be a bit calmer but then once the album’s out we should hopefully be a bit busy on the road again.” he goes on to expand.

Talk then turns to the new album and the words “brilliant” and “amazing” crop up from the four of them a lot, and they settle (modestly) on “the best Childcare album of the past ten years”. Rich explains “We’ve probably had a lot of the songs for a little while so we’re familiar with a lot of it already. It’s sounding cool. It’s got some nice, more interesting elements that maybe we weren’t doing when we started out.”

“‘Getting Over You’ is a song we’ve already had out we have totally re-worked that and that will be on the album as a new version of it.” Ed tells us. There’s a couple of songs that have had a facelift, Emma laughs talking about ‘Big Man’: “Sometimes on a gig we still start the original verse and realise that we’ve rewritten the song.”

Whilst talking about songs like ‘Big Man’ and newest single ’Man Down’ there’s a question about how toxic masculinity may affect them both in their personal lives and in the public eye. “We’re quite fun and we’re not at all macho in the way we present ourselves certainly and not really as people either. We’re not especially macho.” Ed says as Rich begins to argue about his strong core.

“I don’t think there’s an issue for us in terms of how we present ourselves because there’s no a macho performance, we’re not macho people but we’re still male and there are of course certain things that come with being male which is kind of what the song’s about so I certainly have not even consciously have probably not allowed myself to be as open and free as I might’ve been if that wasn’t the case.”

Glyn adds: “I was just going to say that for me the toxic masculinity thing almost always stems from insecurity and I think all of us are very comfortable in our own skin-ish. Some days not so much but if you’re aware that a lot of these people who are putting on this front of being a macho man doing all that, living that life and speaking to people in that manner, it’s usually coming from a place of deep insecurity so I think the song is more about not pitying those people but it’s not a lecture on how to be.”

Ending on a lighter note I ask how tour’s going and they’re quick to say it’s easily the best tour they’ve been on, Emma says they’ve seen a few people coming to multiple shows and in London knitted them a scarf with the EP name on it and Rich had a solution to who took it home, “we should’ve cut it up, each person gets a thin bit like tagliatelle.”

“This tour compared to our last tour is definitely better, there’s no two ways about it there’s just more people at the gigs and the people that are there are more excited and know the songs better. We’re better so it’s all good so far.” Ed jokes, “we’d like to continue to get more fans.”

If you’d like to be one of those fans then give Childcare a listen here and keep your eyes peeled for more news of their debut album.

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