By Liam Menzies (@blnkclyr)
Music written to help cope with a break-up usually tends to fall into two camps: you can go down the sombre route of moaning about the ex in questions, moping about and shouting mindless insults which has been the course for many pop punk acts.
Then there’s the deliciously tonally juxtaposing path like the one CHILDCARE have taken with Getting Over You (By Dressing Up Like You), a song inspired by Ed Cares’ painful conclusion to a relationship. While this track uses the clothes metaphor, it’s clear the band are referencing the traits that many newly singles take on from their exes, whether that be their style or some sort of mannerism in some sort of vain attempt to get over them.
While the subject matter seems like it would be the perfect companion to a sulky, punky guitar breakdown, the London act decide to give it a poppy lick of paint – hell, the band have described it as their “most likely-to-be-featured-on-a-Spotify-playlist song to date” in their release. There’s an upbeat manner to every instrumental and vocal performance, no doubt channelling the facade of recovery that the song is pointing out.
It all makes for a follow up single, riddled with Brit-rock flair, that stands out from its contemporaries by keeping things interesting on a range of layers – they may be heartbroken but CHILDCARE can get butterflies knowing their on track to become the indie rock’s scene new sweetheart.
You can catch CHILDCARE on their ‘GEMINI. ALBATROSS. ALRIGHT?’ TOUR next month:
11th November – The Attic (in The Garage), Glasgow
12th November – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
18th November – Record Junkee, Sheffield
19th November – Oporto, Leeds
20th November – Studio 2, Liverpool
21st November – The Castle Hotel, Manchester
22nd November – The Flapper, Birmingham
23rd November – 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth
24th November – Ramsgate Music Hall
25th November – The Crofters Rights, Bristol
27th November – The Prince Albert, Brighton
28th November – The Lexington, London