While the likes of Richard Ashcroft love to tell us that musicians should just concentrate on wearing shades indoors. A growing number of artists are tackling politics and personal issues head on. Too long have topics such as mental health, sexuality, male vulnerability and patriarchy been taboo in both society and music. Idles, Goat Girl, Black Belt Eagle Scout and a host of other dazzling artists are now stepping to the fore. Adding to these ranks, London’s Childcare have just released the first single Man Down, from their forthcoming album due in February next year.
Childcare was formed in 2006 by one of West London’s most in demand male nannies Ed Cares. Who, if that’s the actual name on his birth certificate, was surely destined for a career in pastoral care? Overheard humming a song he had written years before, Ed was persuaded by one of his charges Katie, then aged six, to form a band. Cares enlisted local musicians Emma Topolski (bass), Rich Le Gate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums) and adopted the only logical moniker under the circumstances, Childcare. The last couple of years have seen Childcare release two critically acclaimed EPs, score support slots with Bastille and garner praise from the likes of Indie Shuffle and The Line of Best Fit.
Man Down isn’t so much a call to arms as a plea to lay them down. Cares’ soulful voice cuts through the layers toxic masculinity. Imploring ‘sometimes we all need to man down’ with reggae infused guitars and soaring harmonies over a laid back groove. Cares explains:
“At the risk of being accused of jumping on the mental health bandwagon, this song is a rallying cry to my fellow man; be vulnerable, be open, be sensitive and don’t be afraid to moisturize your knuckles if they get dry.”
If your going to jump on a bandwagon, get on this one and let childcare babysit your playlist this weekend.
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