The Child Forgives and Creates
“...[Since] we really don’t use vocals, we try to impact the listener as much as we can with our melodies and our style of writing.” - Nico
by John Justice
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with modern recording artists The Child Forgives And Creates. Well, I didn’t meet with all of them, only Kenny, Leo, and Nico. And we stood mostly. So aside from the fact that my opening line was pretty much a lie, right in your face, in broad daylight, possibly right in front of your mom, you can still trust me when I say – this is a band you need to know.
A seven-piece band is no small feat. How could you afford pizza parties? And how could you even begin to agree on the toppings for said pizzas? And finally, how do you get seven heads to agree on an overall musical sound? Or an overall tonal direction?
I soon found that no pizza was as enriching as the complex tones washing over the studio that day from TCFAC’s new album The Voyage Home. I was soon to learn TCFAC’s writing process was as passionate as the music itself; shouted over, slept on and fight-provoking musical concepts filled the room and caught my attention.
It’s hard to pin TCFAC down to one genre, and I don’t particularly want to try. Not to say that there aren’t a few obvious influences on the band, but there’s something mystical about the music they create and trying to label it would just be limiting.
When asked about their influences, Nico responded by sighting Sigor Ros as well as God Speed You Black Emperor. These bands are definitely present in their epic sound and modern interpretation of the Baroque- born “Terraced Dynamics.”
“…[Since] we really don’t use vocals, we try to impact the listener as much as we can with our melodies and our style of writing.,” Nico said. “The dynamics themselves… push the listener away with the loudness… and then pull them in with the softness”
The band went on to explain that their musical philosophy doesn’t really revolve around “a complete picture”. They used the example of paint-by-numbers to illustrate this point.
Their music is often left purposefully open, inviting the listener to become a participant and to explore the sonic structures that envelope one and all at a TCFAC show.
If you haven’t had a chance to see them live, you can’t comprehend what you’re missing.