As South-Londoners Childhood made their way on to Camden’s Electric Ballrom stage with a barrage of distorted sound difficulties there was a tense electricity in the air. A tension which in an instance ceased and turned in to an adolescent drone reminiscent of an art student’s first Ketamine party.
After their first number rang around the 80’s decorated sweat and schmutz dripping Electric Ballroom, lead singer Ben Romans with his tongue firmly in cheek said “So, we all here for Interpol then?” which was responded to with a splattering of Stella and a resounding “Yes!”. “Thought so … us too” he responds in kind.
This small conversation with the crowd really summed up Childhood’s night. They might well be one of the more exciting bands currently touring the Nation with a hotly anticipated debut LP Lacuna out in August, but this was a partisan crowd here for one thing and one thing only, moody indie-rock and no ‘woozy’ young upstarts were going to change that.
Nevertheless Childhood rattled through tracks like ‘Blue Velvet and ‘Semester’ with a splicing of ethereal synth backing and furiously chuffing, runaway train riffs which doused themselves in heavy doses of Punk before setting themselves a blaze of technicolour flame.
The laconic, quintessentially British drones definitely had a touch of the ‘cool kids’ about it but there was nothing contrived about the performance, the lyrical quality or hazy sounds. Their musicality is clear to see and their style and demeanour smacks of ‘band to watch’ with new song ‘Falls Away’ going a long way to prove it, they were just a little unlucky with the billing.
As 90’s as Liam Gallagher and Ian Brown snorting lines on ’Live & Kickin’ this set had a real feeling of ‘what the kids are listening to these days’ which wouldn’t have been a bad thing if at least half the crowd were under 35.