'Universal High' represents many things to us as a band. It signifies change, both musically and mentally whilst also revisiting influences that confounded our interest in music in the first place. What I think is noticeable is the direct nature of the songs and their influences.
Being surrounded by soul music, classic pop songs and music with any form of groove all my life, these influences began to speak for themselves within these new songs Childhood were writing. They are a lot more deliberate in concept and sound than Lacuna, which I think was an important step forward for the band.
We love what we had achieved sonically and collectively with the first record. However to challenge ourselves to find more about what we wanted from music I think we needed a period of rediscovery and commitment to what really made us tick as music fans and musicians. This record marks an honest appraisal of our commitment to our, I guess, 'ethereal' sound but seeks to show that this can be celebrated through other forms of popular music.
Once we realised that we didn't have to send something out to space and back to get this desired effect, we started realising that soul, pop, the basics had all we were looking for all along in those early days.
Childhood's new album 'Universal High' is out now on Marathon Artists