Credited as being part of the psychedelic resurgence spearheaded by Temples, South-Londoners Childhood have developed a devoted following since releasing debut single Blue Velvet in 2012. Having gained a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting live acts through shows with the likes of Palma Violets and Peace, the band signed to indie label Marathon with a flurry of hype surrounding them.
The acclaim received off the back of debut full-length Lacuna has seen the band bag a support slot with legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, and frontman Ben Roman-Hopcraft tells me “it’s the biggest thing we’ve done. Anyone into indie music is always going to come across his work, and we’re all massive Smiths fans so naturally we’re really excited”.
“We met [Marr] at Reading Festival last year and he really enjoyed watching us play,” drummer Jonny Williams tells me. “He’s been in touch since then after seeing us play – it’s been really surreal”.
Relaxing in the dressing room at Norwich Arts Centre before their headline show, the band discuss being attached to the emerging psychedelic scene by the music press and whether their billing accurately describes their sound. “We do like to take elements of psych,” Ben tells me, “but to just call us that feels a little lazy and almost unjust to the people that pursue that style. We’ve got as much dance and electronica to our sound as we do psychedelia”.
This latest tour comes off the back of an extremely busy festival season for the band, and whilst the four-piece triumphed at many of the big British festivals, they cite Japan’s Summersonic Festival as being the highlight of their summer. “Festivals feel really different out there, I couldn’t believe how many people turned up to see the first band on. There’s a lot less alcohol, and everyone’s up and ready to go at 9am”.
We don’t tour much internationally”, continues Ben, “so it’s nice to see such a good reaction when we do. We seem to go down particularly well in France and Germany”.
In terms of what’s next for the band, Jonny says that “we’re looking to play Europe and another UK tour heading next year, after we’ve wrapped up the tour with Johnny Marr. Writing new music is also always in the back of our minds so we’d ideally like to get back in the studio as soon as possible. We aren’t going to hold back on making new music just because we’ve only just put a new album out”.