Childhood are an English rock band, formed in 2010 in Nottingham by South Londoners Ben Romans-Hopcraft and Leo Dobsen while studying at the University of Nottingham.[2]

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Childhood at Rhythms of the World Festival, Hitchin 2014
Background information
OriginNottingham, England[1]
GenresIndie Pop, Lo-fi, Indie Rock
Years active2010-present
LabelsMarathon Artists / House Anxiety
Associated actsInsecure Men, Warmduscher, Fat White Family
MembersBen Romans-Hopcraft
Leo Dobsen
Jonny Williams
Max Danieli-Fantin
Thomas "Tomaski" Fiquet
Past membersChris O'Driscoll
Daniel Ajegbo
Daniel Salamons

The duo first gained attention after uploading a couple of demos online.[3] After recruiting bassist Daniel Salamons and drummer Daniel Ajegbo, the band gigged around Nottingham before signing to Marathon Artists / House Anxiety and released their debut single Blue Velvet in October 2012. Following the departure of Daniel Ajegbo and re-basing themselves in South London, the band recruited Jonny Williams and released second single Solemn Skies on 10 June 2013.[4][5] The single was produced by Rory Attwell, formerly of Test Icicles.[6]

The band released their debut album Lacuna on 11 August 2014. Produced by Dan Carey, the album was preceded by the single Falls Away in June.

On 24 April 2015, the band revealed that Thomas Tomaski was now the band's bass player - despite updating the band's lineup information on their Facebook page, the band never announced or confirmed the departure of Daniel Salamons.[7][8]

In 21 July 2017, the band released their second album Universal High. The album was preceded by single 'Californian Light' in April 2017 and second single "Cameo" in June 2017.[9][10] Recorded the previous summer in Atlanta, USA at Maze Studios with Ben H Allen III, the album was less collaborative than their debut, with Romans-Hopcraft admitting that although he "would never call it a solo project" that "for this record, we all tried to collaborate and it never really worked, so it ended up coming from this one funnel – then everyone added their own thing".[11]



Year Title Format Released Tracks
2012 Blue Velvet Digital
7" vinyl
19 October 2012 "Blue Velvet"
"Bond Girls"
2013 Solemn Skies Digital
10" vinyl
10 June 2013 "Solemn Skies"
"Solemn Skies (Sonic Boom Remix)"
2014 Falls Away Digital 2 June 2014 "Falls Away"
2017 Californian Light Digital 27 April 2017 "Californian Light"
2017 Cameo Digital 28 June 2017 "Cameo"


Year Title Format Released Label
2014 Lacuna Digital
12" vinyl
11 August 2014 Marathon Artists
2017 Universal High Digital
12" vinyl
21 July 2017 Marathon Artists


  • Ben Romans-Hopcraft – lead vocals, guitar (2010–present)
  • Leo Dobsen – guitar (2010–present)
  • Thomas "Tomaski" Fiquet – bass guitar (2015–present)
  • Max Danieli-Fantin – keyboard, synthesizer, backing vocals (2014–present)
  • Jonny Williams – drums (2013–present)
Former members
  • Daniel Ajegbo – drums (2010–2012)
  • Chris O'Driscoll – drums (2012–2013)
  • Daniel Salamons – bass guitar (2011–2015)


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  2. ^ "Childhood: another great new UK guitar band to watch | Music | The Guardian". Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Interview: Childhood - New Music Resource | One For The People". Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ "New Noise: Childhood - Wonderland Magazine - Wonderland Magazine". Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Watch: Childhood Unveil ‘Solemn Skies’ Video | DIY". Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Radar Band Of The Week - Childhood". Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Childhood - Timeline | Facebook". Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Childhood - About | Facebook". Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Childhood's "Californian Light" Video Is A Love Letter To The People Of South London; The Fader". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Childhood Announce New Album 'Universal High'; Clash Magazine". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Childhood's 'Universal High' Is a Bittersweet Distillation of This Era". 25 July 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.