My first thoughts on hearing Childhood is that this new young band are like a contemporary House of Love, and as the LP progresses, it sounds as though it could be a classic pre-Oasis Creation record, or equally at home on the 4AD label, and that is no bad thing.
Singer Ben Romans Hopcraft sounds like a young Mark Gardener on next track You Could Be Different before they slow things down on the more reflective As I Am. Sweeter Preacher for me is a highlight, perhaps because it is awash with hints of my one of my favourite local bands Teenage Fanclub.
Tides is a departure from the rest of the album as it features blissed out drum machines and synths. Solemn Skies not only sounds like a Mary Chain song title but it could be their younger cousins playing on it.
Having been to many a gig where the bands often only ever want to emulate the Gallagher brothers, it is refreshing to hear a band who are influenced by more of the golden era bands on the Creation label.
Lacuna is the sound of a young band and whilst it is unlikely to be held in the same regard as Nowhere, Giant Steps, Bandwagonesque or Isn't Anything, it will help Childhood's fan base swell further and certainly warrants a listen and further investigation.
Lacuna is out now.
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