We had the opportunity to interview English alternative group CHILDCARE! They just dropped a brand new album titled Wabi-Sabi on 5/31/2019 and you need to hear it! It has a unique fusion of alt-pop and to the more psychedelic. It's an album that's absolutely worth your time, so check it out and check out our interview with CHILDCARE below!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
"My parents got me on piano lessons aged 7, so since then really. I can actually remember telling my Mum when we started them that I was willing to try it but I didn't want to have to become a professional."
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
"So it varies, but usually I mope around the house for a few days, chewing on snippets of music, feeling uninspired and like I'll never write a good song again, then suddenly I'll get onto something and it's like being in love! I'll walk to work and to see friends with it spinning around in my head, work on lyrics and melody for a week or two then record a vary basic version, usually on piano. I'll send to the band then we'll all get on it together - the others also get involved in melodies and lyrics as well as their own parts so its pretty collaborative. We'll then record a full band demo before finally tweaking and taking to the studio. It's a long but incredibly rewarding experience."
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?
"Radiohead are my favourite band, so them. I like Damon Albarn because he's from Essex and so am I and I like the way he's not a technically brilliant singer but has created his own way of singing - that's inspiring to me. I love Talking Heads and the Stop Making Sense film in particular."
4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?
"I'm mainly a singer in this band, I have played guitars in previous bands but wouldn't say I'm big into gear. Rich our guitarist however loves doing that thing when you play with other bands and you compare pedal boards. I'll pick out a couple of his favourite pedals - the fuzz factory and the rainbow machine. The rainbow machine is like being on mushrooms in an underwater aquarium."
5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?
"The vibe is strong, the vibe is healing. We got a good energy, we're not a crazy punk band anymore like when we started and I used to throw drinks in the crowd and pour red wine on myself, but we strut and slink around pretty well. I like a big stage and I like a venue that feels loved and cared for like the Boiler room in guilford."
6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?
"We're better than most bands and we've got even better to come."
7. Do you have any upcoming projects you would like fans to know about?
"I've been working hard on my mushroom ramen of late, looking at an early 2020 release."