If you happened to be walking past London’s Two Tribes Brewhouse on Wednesday night, you may have wondered what the ruckus was all about – unless of course you were heading right for it having booked money-can’t-buy tickets to be at Childcare‘s gig. It was hosted by DIY as part of their ‘Big Indie’s Big Nights’ sessions.
The sold out show was packed with fans as you can imagine given that our friends Childcare were playing their final London show of the year. They fucking smashed it and raised the roof of this small-but-perfectly-formed venue.
The gang played songs from their critically acclaimed EPs Made Simple and Luckyucker. They started with Big Man and also played Magazines as well as Omega Grey, Dust and Kiss?, among others. They performed current single, Bamboo, with bass player Emma Topolski taking over on lead vocals. Her voice is sublime and it’s always sad when she returns the mic (no offence, Ed!).
The band’s energy was as explosive as ever. We witnessed Rich play his guitar whilst swinging it in the air, and we are convinced we saw him doing the Warrior Two yoga pose whilst playing too!
Frontman Ed Cares spent more time on the speaker stands, being as close as possible to the audience, than he did on stage! His vocals were excellent as was his stage presence, which is hard to ignore. His charismatic style had fans cheering and dancing along, especially when they played their unique cover of Wayne Wonder’s No Letting Go.
Childcare put on a fantastic gig and we’ll be waiting eagerly for the 2019 shows.
Setlist: Big Man / Dust / Omega Grey / Bamboo / Man Down / Sugarcane / Put Down Your Pen / No Letting Go / Kiss? / Film Club
Review by Narzra Ahmed / Photos by Martin Allen