The competition is fierce in Brighton on this brrr-inducing Monday. Gorillaz, Mac DeMarco, Songhoy Blues and Childhood are all playing but a stone’s throw away tonight, but after electrifying appearances at The Finsbury and The Great Escape Festival earlier in the year, “CHILDCARE” is the name proudly scrawled over our gig calendar.
It’s the penultimate show of the London quartet’s ‘Gemini, Albatross, Alright?’ tour and they do not disappoint, bringing their slew of infectious singles and more to The Prince Albert’s dark and dank upstairs room. Despite technical glitches delaying their headline performance, the art-rockers’ set is blistering right from lift-off: opener ‘Omega Grey’ struts, grooves and chimes, a thunderous ‘Film Club’ makes the floorboards tremor and instantaneous recent single ‘Getting Over You (By Dressing Up Like You)’ woos the gaggle in attendance. The foursome even throw in a cover of Wayne Wonder’s ‘No Letting Go’ for good measure, its dancehall groove transformed into a beguiling slice of billowing guitar-pop.
They may have zippy angular rock tunes by the bucketload, but they’re no one trick pony: latest release ‘Put Down Your Pen’ shows their knack for expansive slow-builds with its muffled solo bass riff eventually climbing to an elephantine climax of raucous six-string licks and crashing cymbals. Like the dazzling ‘Dust’, which recently appeared in Hidden Herd’s Tracks of the Year 2017, it already feels like a set high point – a mark of CHILDCARE‘s magnificent live chops and arena-filling potential. Watch this space.