Caleb Nichols releases their latest single “J’ai Vu La Lune!” from their new album Let’s Look Back (Kill Rock Stars), out 13th October.
Caleb says “The singles we’ve released from Let’s Look Back have represented a lot of things, but mostly they’ve been about pain. “Demon Twink” is a bit of a joke, but really it’s about being hurt by someone. “The Absolute Boy”, as I’ve written about, is about child abuse. “Albatross” is about PTSD and panic, or as a friend interpreted it recently, it’s about getting over this idea that you’re cursed. In stark contrast to these, “J’ai Vu La Lune!” is a bop about queer joy! I’m using an exclamation point very pointedly here, because! It’s! About! Joy! And my experience of that, several years ago, literally riding my bike around on a warm autumn night, feeling the electric buzz of being in love with (almost) everything and everyone. “J’ai Vu La Lune!” is about the capacity queer people have to be so very in love with the world: a joy that is so often born out of pain.
Nichols put themselves on the map with their first solo album, entitled Ramon, a critically acclaimed queer Beatles rock opera. With Let’s Look Back, they’re tackling something of a more radical proposition. “It’s about the idea that you have to look back and confront stuff before you can move forward,” Nichols says. “It’s about vindication, and reintegration, and trusting yourself.”