London-based, exciting softcore-psych band CHILDCARE – Emma Topolski (bass), Ed Cares (lead singer),Rich Le Gate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums) – return and shine with smart new single ‘Bamboo’, out now via Big Indie Records.

Hi CHILDCARE! How are you today?

I got the tail end of a cold which is knocking my score down but just enjoyed a very good bowl of muesli so let’s leave it as a “good thanks”.

Please introduce yourself to our readers:

I am Ed, master and great leader, most talented and easily best-looking member of the soft-core psych band CHILDCARE.

What’s your new single ‘Bamboo’ all about?

Bamboo is a metaphor for ego. So it’s about ego and our relationships with it.

Your debut album is out next year, all very exciting! Can you give us some hints of the themes running through it?

I certainly can thanks for asking. There is a definite theme of wellness and self-improvement, albeit in a slightly tongue in cheek way. Most of the songs are in some way about growth and trying to be a better person.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

Radiohead, The Pixies, Beyonce, the Maltesers

Describe your sound in five words:

CAPSLOCK soft-core psych colour waves

What’s the music scene like in London at the moment? Any artists your’d recommend? Yeah it’s probably good but a bit big to get a real handle on. I’d like to recommend Holly Walker who sings with Maribou State and Eliza Shaddad who’s just released her debut album.

If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Alive: Kanye West. Dead: Gram Parsons

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

Finish this album, which is very nearly there, finish watching youtube debate between jordan pieterson and sam harris, keep toenails in check.