The Children’s Hour
In Chicago, some twenty plus years ago, opera school dropout Josephine Foster was introduced to Andy Bar, a student at the Art Institute of Chicago. They collaborated briefly in a rock trio called Golden Egg. When that disbanded, they carried on and formed a duo they named The Children’s Hour, after a Longfellow poem. In short time they released an EP. Legendary DJ John Peel, enamored with the band’s gentle pop melodies, featured a track on his influential BBC Radio One show. Around the time of the release of their debut full-length, SOS JFK in 2003, The Children’s Hour caught the attention of members of the newly formed supergroup Zwan, which included David Pajo (Slint, Papa M, Tortoise), who invited the duo on their first national area tour. Finding themselves suddenly playing these massive rooms each night, David joined the duo on drums, performing in both bands each night. Today, The Children’s Hour announce their first album since, in Going Home, set for release on February 23 via Drag City. These recordings of the band (a trio now as this album features David Pajo on drums and bass) were believed lost for two decades, until fortunately being recovered on a hard drive by the engineer Paul Oldham. Pre-order/save Going Home here. Discussing the single, Josephine offers, “The song ‘Bright Lights’ to me is an ecstatic imagining of the final hours of one’s life, in the arms of our beloved, under the sky, just marveling at the heavens, and fearlessly staring into the sun, as we had never dared, fully merging with the light that will soon absorb us.