Supporting the “Best New Band In Britain” (copyright NME) is sort of like getting to play a game of fives at Wembley before the FA Cup final. Exciting, probably a bit daunting, and a tailor made platform to prove yourself worthy. Whilst Palma Violets have been tearing up venues all over the country with blistering sets packed full of chaos and crowd-surfing, Childhood have been quietly stealing their fans with fuzzy guitars, hazy vocals and super sweet melodies.

Childhood are Ben Romans Hopcraft, Leo Dobson, Daniel Salamons and Chris O’Driscoll. Originally from London, they met at university in Nottingham. They look a bit like a fresh-faced high-school band, and sound a bit like everything else that’s really great right now, only better. If Swim Deep remind you of a sunny day getting stoned in the park and Splashh are a trip to Brighton beach, then Childhood are an entire month in the Caribbean. Dreamy debut single, “Blue Velvet“, is so good it probably has the staying power to become next summer’s alternative anthem. It’s infectious, it’s nostalgic and it’ll only take approximately 2 listens before it’s soundtracking memories that happened way before it was written.

Palma Violets are well deserving of all the praise but if you’re making it along to one of their remaining tour dates then you’d be a fool not to turn up a little bit early to watch Childhood in full, fabulous flow.

Blue Velvet” can be streamed on soundcloud and you can see it played live for yourself at the following shows:

OCT 14: Duchess, York
OCT 15
: Central Station, Wrexham
OCT 16
: Fruit, Hull
OCT 18
: 53 Degrees, Preston
OCT 19
: Rainbow Venue, Birmingham
OCT 20
: SWN Festival, Cardiff
OCT 22
: O2 Academy, Leicester
OCT 23
: Jericho Tavern, Oxford
OCT 25
: Brixton Jamm, London
OCT 26
: Esquires, Bedford
OCT 27
: The Forum, Turnbridge Wells
OCT 29
: Green Door Store, Brighton
OCT 30
: Joiners, Southampton
OCT 31
: Exchange, Bristol
NOV 04
: Haun, Brighton

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Gemma Barnes