In news set to delight their fervent following, CHILDCARE have unveiled their exceptional debut album ‘Wabi-Sabi’ – a record brimming with Britpop-ish gems that explore the theme of self-improvement and personal growth.

Lead single ‘Champagne Brain’ – out now on Get Well Soon – feels like the perfect culmination of all that’s come before it: a wonky four and a half minutes that celebrates the quartet’s uniquely eccentric personality.

With a Hidden Herd Festival 2019 appearance at Brighton’s Patterns coming up on Saturday 13th July, we caught up with frontman Ed Cares to talk CHILDCARE.

How would you describe CHILDCARE to a stranger?

“Like a hug from a stranger who wears the same perfume as your Mum.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“If I might be so bold as to pick three genres instead of artists then that could be revealing – we love the harmonies and backing vocals from soul and Motown music, we draw from the character and charm of Britpop and we write melodies influenced by RnB, more syncopated and melismatic than most rock and indie.”

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

“Probably our headline show at Omeara last November – but we’ve got Scala coming up this year which I’m sure will top it.”

You’re based in South London – what’s your local music scene like?

“I wouldn’t say we’re really part of the South London scene. A lot of those Peckham and Brixton bands are a little shabbier than we are – we wash more often. I’m not sure we’re part of any scene in particular actually – it would be nice to be, but whatcha gonna do?”

Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?

“OK! Holly Walker who sings with Maribou State is very talented and rising fast, Eliza Shaddad makes beautiful emotive grungy noises and I’m low on adjectives now but Indoor Pets are great.”

You’re playing Hidden Herd Festival 2019 in July – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?

“I caught about one minute of Saltwater Sun at a festival recently and they sounded really good.”

And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Childcare?

“We’ve just released our debut album ‘Wabi-Sabi’ so we’ll be promoting that all over the place, playing loads of festivals including Reading and Leeds, touring in September and December and running more of our Personal Glory™ events where we heal fans with our own take on yoga, meditation and mindfulness exercises.”

CHILDCARE play Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July alongside KAWALA, BLOXX, Anteros, LUCIA, Annabel Allum, Sick Joy, Chappaqua Wrestling, Saltwater Sun, WOOZE, MarthaGunn, Hot Dreams, Circe, Youth Sector and more. Super Early Bird tickets are sold out, but there are a limited number of Early Bird tickets still available via DICE.