Bandcamp Friday Spotlight: Caleb DeCasper’s “Too Many Boys”

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Bandcamp Friday Spotlight: Caleb DeCasper’s “Too Many Boys”

Posted by on Apr 2, 2021

Since March 2020, Bandcamp has declared the first Friday of each month Bandcamp Friday, allowing 100% of all sales that day to go directly to the artists. Today, we spotlight one of Austin’s most exciting and glamorous upcoming acts Caleb DeCasper. Born and bred in the foothills of North Carolina, DeCasper moved to Austin after a brief stint in New York, becoming a fast favorite in this city’s underground scene. Every performance is its own unique work of art, blending cabaret, horror glam, and rock into shows that are never the same twice.

A classically trained pianist, DeCasper has spent quarantine pivoting from the ivory keys to the synth keys. The upcoming debut LP Femme Boy embraces more of an electronic sound while still bleeding of trademark DeCasper energy. The album’s lead single “Too Many Boys” is one that would be at home at any dance club– danceable and tantalizing with a familiar yearn for long-term intimacy plagued by passing moments of passion.

The video is due out in the next week or so, but we’ve got a teaser for you below along with the song!  You can purchase the song, merch, and the whole Caleb DeCasper discography here. Here’s what Caleb had to say about “Too Many Boys” and Femme Boy (and check out the Studio 1A Session from 2019 here):


‘Too Many Boys’ is part of my debut LP Femme Boy (album release date TBD) that I wrote immediately after leaving my first meeting with an AR rep who told me I was too queer to have a successful career in music.  It is about having to navigate different personalities inside yourself, and all the drugs, heartache, and lovers I have encountered as a queer, gay man in order to find who I am and what makes me happy.  Being the first single from the album, it is a cool, nostalgic, synth-pop anthem with a driving beat that you will want to sing along to.

Caleb DeCasper in Studio 1A, 2019

“I wanted to write an album that was completely authentic to my human experience and do the exact opposite of what this man (and others in the industry) tried to discourage me from doing.  Music is liquid, ethereal empathy and can be injected to share perspective.  At the same time, I wanted to finally write an album that I needed at certain points in my life in order to feel accepted, normal, human, and loved.  I will not hide pronouns or details of my relationships and complex, intimate feelings in order to fit the comfortable, majority narrative and sell my music.
Several collaborations with other artists in my community are on the album, including Sabrina Ellis, Vestite, and P1nkstar and Y2K.  This is a new sound for me to communicate as an artist–the most authentic to the sounds in my head.  It’s fun, campy, danceable, electronic, energetic dance-pop with a message of connection and self-empowerment throughout.  The beats drive and the hooks catch and my producer Joe Stacey was able to help me create a modern, yet nostalgic sound, in which we pulled from music movements throughout pop that were ‘too gay’ when they first hit the culture but were commodified and appropriated for the mainstream.  It is my greatest wish to contribute music to society that other people connect with somewhere inside themselves–but if you just wanna dance, this album was made for you too.”

 

Director: Rosalind Hussel
Styling and Make-up: Keith Womack
Art Direction: Randy Culp
Producer: Joe Stacey
Fashion: Seks Fifth Avenue, WOMACK, and Lockwood 51
Fontaines D.C. 10.2.20

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Fontaines D.C. 10.2.20

Posted by on Oct 1, 2020
A Hero’s Death album cover

Guitarist Carlos O’Connell joins Taylor Wallace for our latest At Home session. ‘A Hero’s Death’, the sophomore album from Dublin’s Fontaines D.C., is out now on Partisan Records.



The last three “At Home” sessions have been with musicians all across the world (London’s Arlo Parks and Australia’s Tkay Maidza), and this one landed me with Dublin’s Fontaines D.C.. Guitarist Carlos O’Connell came to us from Paris (where bassist Conor Deegan currently lives) awaiting the arrival of his other bandmates later this week. The quintet haven’t been together for months; the longest they’ve gone since they met at the Dublin’s British and Irish Modern Music Institute in 2013. Pre-Fontaines they wrote two collections of poetry, one evoking the Beat poets and the other Irish poets like W.B. Yeats and James Joyce.

Fontaines D.C. released their debut album Dogrel in 2019 to international acclaim. It was named Album of the Year by Rough Trade and BBC Music 6 and was nominated the Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize. Support from the Irish Arts Council allowed them to tour behind the album internationally, selling-out shows all over. Showing no sophomore slump, A Hero’s Death (Partisan Records) was released this July, but were unable to tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic (including playing the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival). O’Connell laments the reality of all of this and the oddity of writing a new album without the catharsis of touring the last. After being reunited in Paris, they’ll all be quarantining together for two weeks bringing together the music they’ve been individually writing in the last months.

The lyrical content of Fontaines D.C. has been largely consistent through the band’s short discography (and by that I mean rich, complex, and incredible), but, sonically, the tone has changed and evolved. Their first singles are more straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll, Dogrel is inarguably a punk album, and A Hero’s Death takes on a much darker, post-punk sound. In the new album, the musicality is more sparse, allowing each part to breathe and fill the room and give space to each instrument. O’Connell attributes this to not only writing better together as a group, but he and fellow guitarist Conor Curley becoming better and more confident guitarists in their own right. “Silence requires confidence,” says O’Connell.

Talking to Carlos was a thrill. Thorough and fascinating, he talked about everything from the album, to the logistics of touring in Europe, what it’s like to have a government who supports the careers of its creatives, and more.  -Taylor Wallace, KUTX Morning Host


FONTAINES D.C.
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STUDIO 1A 5.18.19


Groover’s Paradise 30 Day Song Challenge

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Groover’s Paradise 30 Day Song Challenge

Posted by on Apr 12, 2020

As the weeks of sheltering-in-place wear on, finding community becomes more important, and we’re all craving it in whatever form it presents itself. At KUTX, we made Groover’s Paradise: a place for our listeners, staff, and artists to do what we love most: nerd out about music. We’re diving into a 30-Day Song Challenge, and marone! the collaborative playlists are absolute dynamite. So here they are in all of their great, groovy, glory. And please, come join us!

-Taylor Wallace


Day 1- Color Songs

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Day 2- Number Songs

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Day 3- Summertime Songs

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Day 4- Songs That Remind You of Someone You’d Like to Forget

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Day 5- Songs That Need to Be Played LOUD!

Spotify // YouTube

 

Day 6- Songs That Make You Wanna D-A-N-C-E!

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Day 7- Driving Songs

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Day 8- Songs About Drugs or Alcohol

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Day 9- Songs That Make Us Happy

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Day 10- Songs That Make Us Sad

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Day 11- Songs We Never Get Tired Of

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Caleb DeCasper: “Johnny Be Goode”

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Caleb DeCasper: “Johnny Be Goode”

Posted by on Feb 14, 2020

Just in time for the holiday of scorned frustration and complicated feelings, comes a video of wrought with scorned frustration and erotically complicated feelings. Austin’s Caleb DeCasper premieres the video to “Johnny Be Goode,” off his 2019 De Casper EP. Brilliantly shot, “‘Johnny Be Goode’ is a universal story about being shunned by a lover for another.  Even more so, it’s a universal queer experience of being shunned by a lover for one who makes them feel ‘normal’ or ‘right’, and you are left as a secret relationship that never existed. “

 

The video release show is TONIGHT (2/14 )AT ELECTRIC CHURCH. Check out Caleb’s 2019 Studio 1A performance here.

Credits:

Director Angela Herr
Creative Director Keith Womack
Director of Photography Hannah Varnell
Executive Producer Ivy Chiu
Executive Producer Caleb De Casper
Starring Caleb De Casper
Johnny Ketan Wyatt
Girlfriend Zenyth Gale
Student #1 Thomas Valles
Student #2 Audrey Campbell
Student #3 Keith Womak
Dancer #1 Kevin Armstrong
Dancer #2 Ciceley Fullylove
Editor Andy King
1st Assistant Director Drew Saplin
2nd Assistant Director Cory Goerke
Camera Operator MJ Johnston
1st Assistant Camera Sierra Arnold
2nd Assistant Camera Hannah Zamora
Camera Utility Cruz Garcia
Gaffer Ivy Chiu
Gaffer Tyler Draker
Grip John Sandoval
Swing David Castañeda
Colorist Angela Herr
Motion Graphics Helaine Bach
Choreographer Kelsey Oliver
Makeup and Wardrobe/Styling Keith Womak
Makeup and Hair Gina A Sandoval-Garcia
Costuming Erica Reyna
Assistant to Mr. De Casper Ashley Bradley
Truck Property of Bailey Jay
Truck Transport Austin Talley
Catering Levin Sherman
Food Runner Thomas Valles
Release Coordinator Rebecca Dreiling
Production Assistant Sara Trinkle
Production Assistant Sean Salcido
BTS Photographer Cruz Garcia
BTS Photographer David Castañeda
Oh Yes, It Will Be Strange

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Oh Yes, It Will Be Strange

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020

There’s a lot to be said about tonight’s bill at Hotel Vegas, but to put it succinctly, it’s gonna be a night full of weird…

After dropping their first and only single in two years last Halloween, self-described “ghoul-pop, dork wave, unicorn-twee” trio Stretch Panic went for a short hibernation. They return tonight to soak the crowd in their known brand of cartoonishly caped, rainbow-colored songs about demons, monsters and blood. They’re joined tonight by Space Heat whose recipe calls for 3 parts synthwave to one part experimental and garnished with post-punk; freakpop outfit Strange Mother fill out tonight’s line-up. Whether you revel in the weird or are looking to take a step outside your musical comfort zone, this show tonight at Hotel Vegas on East 6th will satiate your off-beat appetite. Check out songs from tonight’s line-up below!

-Taylor Wallace