CHILDCARE: Kiss? – track review

childcareCHILDCARE – Kiss? (Lost In The Manor Records)
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Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys has a listen to the latest release Kiss?, from indie outfit CHILDCARE.

I’m writing this and I just realised that I have heard (and reviewed!) this band before. Their front man Ed used to be a live-in Nanny and after quitting and forming CHILDCARE, they started releasing THE most infectious indie records. Ahhh it’s all coming flooding back. The track I reviewed was called Film Club and if I remember rightly it was a cracker of a tune.

So CHILDCARE finished 2016 playing their biggest shows to date – in front of thousands as part of Bastille’s nationwide arena tour. This came hot on the heels of the band releasing killer single Film Club which was the first taster of a new EP that also features their latest release Kiss?

Kiss? starts off with a great insistent staccato guitar stab with the female vocals of “Never forget….” starting off the melodies. Once the lead vocals come in to play off with the staggered refrain, the drums complete a great dynamic sound that is barely one minute old.

The entire track has a nice ’80s indie tinge to it that summons up The Cure at times. Combined with this, you get a more and more frantic guitar that tussles with the vocal riffs that eventually end in a ‘desperate’ sounding guitar solo that feels like it may fall apart at any moment. I love this feeling.

The track ends in a bombastic marrying of all the aforementioned elements to create a nice melodic cacophony that works just perfectly.

I like CHILDCARE!

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CHILDCARE play The Great Escape Festival 2017 and can be found on their Facebook, Instagram and they tweet as @CHILDCAREBAND.

Words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find him on Twitter at @ioan_humphreys.

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