November 22, 2017  /  CHILDCARE

Location: London, UK

FFO: The Amazons, King Nun

Label: Elephant Records

In the midst of a headline tour and hot on the heels of their debut Made Simple EP and September smash ‘Getting Over You (By Dressing Up Like You)’, UK indie-poppers CHILDCARE have just dropped another single; ‘Put Down Your Pen’. The track stands in sharp contrast with the upbeat sound we are used to, and shows a band who now have the confidence to strip things back and substitute likeable licks for more emotive content.

From echoey, deep tones a descent into a basement is initiated with a descending bass. Here singer Ed Cares is more softly spoken than we’ve previously heard, and is bowing out from 2017 with many more strings to his bow. A simple metronomic beat sets the blueprint, as touches of guitars are added alongside background vocals which give the track an eerie Dr John feel.

The chorus sees a subdued explosion, which is all that we want. There is catchiness and repetition; but the rolling drums remain and the high voiced guitar lines continue to unsettle the listener. On the track’s theme, Cares gives little away: “This song is about a penfriendship I had with someone.” Whatever it is about, this track is a knock out and with its post-apocalyptic industrial jazz bar feel the band have grown up. CHILDCARE have hit pop puberty.