Childhood Translates His Music Into Sign Language In His Video “Don’t Have Me Back”

Music is a universal language.

Photo: Childhood - Don't Have Me Back (Official Video) YouTube

Photo: Childhood – Don’t Have Me Back (Official Video) YouTube

Childhood latest video “Don’t Have Me Back” brings the beats and his words in sign language, showing how music goes beyond the auditory sense. Performing at St Laurence’s church in Catford (London), Childhood’s frontman Ben Romans-Hopcraft plays alongside his trumpeter father and his sign language interpreter stepmother. The audience, who are deaf and partially deaf, interpret Childhood’s music through the signs and the deliberate instrumental arrangements. Directed by Ben’s friend George Barber, “Don’t Have Me Back” showcases the pristine blissful flow that music provides to all of our senses:

Ben shared that “Don’t Have Me Back” is about “a difficult, drawn out break up. Everyone knows the one, where you never really let the dust settle and still continue to be affectionate towards each other. Usually it’s not a sensible thing to do. I guess it’s me telling my ex to ignore my attempts of making our relationship seem like it could be a reality again. I still care about her deeply so it was hard continuing a friendship without falling into the same habits. Luckily we’re still friends, so something must have worked out.”

Childhood debuted its LP Universal High back in July of this year. You can catch them live this fall in Europe:

10/25 – La Maroquinerie (Paris, France)

11/1 – The Magnet (Liverpool, UK)

11/16 – Brudenell Community Room (Leeds, UK)

11/18 – The Grand Social (Dublin, Ireland)

11/19 – The Hare And Hounds (Birmingham, UK)

11/21 – Broadcast (Glasgow, UK)

11/22 – The Deaf Institute (Manchester, UK)

11/27 – Patterns (Brighton, UK)

11/28 – Scala (London, UK)