Feature: The Anatomy of 'Bamboo' with CHILDCARE

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Photo by Wolf James via CHILDCARE'S FB

Earlier this month, South London quartet CHILDCARE unleashed one of our favourites songs of 2018 with 'Bamboo'. Ed from the group dives into the story behind the single and how it came together.

We wrote ‘Bamboo'... over the course of a few months earlier this year. I'd had a chorus and an idea for the song for quite a while but it wasn't until Emma started singing it and wrote the verse that it all came together. We then sat round hers, tweaked it, drank Lady Grey tea and ate chocolate bourbons until we felt sick.

The story behind ‘Bamboo' is... as follows... Bamboo is a metaphor for ego in this song. Bamboo is this super strong flexible, fast growing material but it's also brittle if bent in the wrong way and highly flammable. We're writing about our relationship with our egos.

My favourite lyric is… "I wanna be your sister, I wanna be your love, I wanna feed you berries and colour" I like the confusing hints of incest and food.

It was made... in Hackney Studios with our producer Ben Jackson. Despite the drum room being really small we managed to get a big, almost 90's-ish rock sound.

Our main inspiration was... well actually on the drum sound, we were struggling to get it right in the mix but when we were on the way to a gig we were listening to Stone Roses "I wanna be adored" and that's when it clicked that we needed to go bigger and more reverby.

Listen to 'Bamboo' by CHILDCARE below: