UK Based Band CHILDCARE Just Made Pop Rock A Thing Again
You know that feeling you get when you land on a really good music discovery?
Everyone that knows me know that I am musically varied. I grew up in the Myspace days when emo/punk was a thing and Warped Tour was the Osheaga of our today. Indie became a genre and rock became too soft, hip-hop took over and for a the last couple of years, rock music has tried to make its comeback and failed, multiple times. Their are only a handful of bands that can achieve mass-appeal, and CHILDCARE is definitely one of them. They’re fronted by London-based Ed Cares and they've been selling out their first string of shows in the UK following the excitement around their recently-released debut EP, Flush, released for free download through Best Laid Plans Records.
The first single release from this debut EP was the Blondie remake "Hanging on the Telephone", the track and music video were made public earlier this year, and paints a rather charming picture of the lead singer, in which they dub the video as The Rise of Ed Cares (and his ass cheeks):
The overall vibe of this 4-track EP brings you back to the days where pop-punk really mattered. Although Ed Cares mentions The Ramones and Jack White as influences, you can clearly find similarities with bands such as (early) Panic! At the Disco, The Killers, and My Chemical Romance, amongst other pop-rock fusion bands that we listened to while growing up. The EP starts off very strong with "Gotta Wait", a single that sets the mood right for the rest of the EP. From the intricate lyrics, to the catchy melodies, it is very hard to not appreciate any of these songs. It's like each track was produced to perfection, and the fact that there are only 4 songs leaves you wanting more, which is probably why this EP has been on repeat since clicking play for the first time.
The band recently celebrated their EP release on October 27th by dropping a brand new music video for the single "Flush" (watch above), where we find Ed Cares dressed up as a woman to sing in front of an audience (us). The #nofucksgiven attitude is extremely attractive, and will definitely ring with the masses. A+ for originality and consistency:
"Kimberly" is probably the track that stands out the most for me, and is probably the next single that will get a music video treatment (crossing my fingers). Extremely catchy, and easy to sing along. If you close your eyes you can almost imagine yourself at their show singing along and wilding out in slow motion. Childcare have been playing a series of secret shows in unusual locations across London to promote the EP. Want to head down to a show? Do you live in London? Simply leave your email address with firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive all of the information that you need! The events are called PLAYDATES and I personally wish I could fly across the pond to attend one of them because they seem to be OFF THE CHARTS.
Let's get one thing straight: Childcare wouldn't be what it is without frontman Ed Cares. His charming looks, extroverted style and confidence is what makes this whole thing worthwhile. You can have a listen, and download the FLUSH EP in full, for free, right here: