INTERVIEW

“In case you didn’t know, Euros Childs is one of the greatest songwriters of recent years. From Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci to his recent solo work, he’s continually churned out songs that are utterly weird but resolutely ‘pop’. Forthcoming album ‘The Miracle Inn’ is his second of 2007, and his third in two years. One of […]

“In case you didn’t know, Euros Childs is one of the greatest songwriters of recent years. From Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci to his recent solo work, he’s continually churned out songs that are utterly weird but resolutely ‘pop’. Forthcoming album ‘The Miracle Inn’ is his second of 2007, and his third in two years. One of our greatest overlooked geniuses is spoiling us‚”

“The Miracle Inn was a pub in Pembrokeshire, but it’s a car park now. I went there a few times when I was a teenager and it was great – bands played, people came from all around to watch them,” explains Childs.

Taking up nearly half the album, the record’s title track is a masterpiece that moves from 60’s pop to heavy rock, taking in synthy abstractions and bizarre detours along the way. In structure, if not in sound, it’s reminiscent of The Incredible String Band’s psych-folk masterpiece ‘A Very Cellular Song’.
“On record it’s the longest song I’ve ever done,” says Euros. “I didn’t sit down and decide to write a long song, it was just a case of new territory to go into and it’s good to find that, it’s exciting. It goes from the past tense into the present and hopefully works!” It does. And while at times complex and daunting, Childs is adamant he’s made a pop album.

“Songs like ‘Over You’ aren’t difficult songs, it’s pop music, so for me the album starts off quite easy to listen to. I am making pop music really and it’s not too difficult to get your head round it.”

Unsurprisingly, like the true workaholic he appears to be, Childs already has songs ready for his next record, which he hopes to release next year.

“It’s nice to be able to do more albums,” he declares. “People used to do three a year. Merle Haggard released five albums in 1968! At the moment the new songs are just guitar and voice and piano and voice, but I need to work out the direction for the next record,” he adds, as if four albums in three years is totally normal. “It’s good to be in a situation where you feel like you’re getting somewhere and doing something exciting. I feel like it’s a good period at the moment.””

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