“I’m so excited I’m going to be exposing people who’ve never even thought about doing this. Maybe they’re queer themselves and they need someone. … You never know who you’re going to influence...” — Caleb De Casper, The Austin Chronicle, written by Beth Sullivan
2018 has been a whirlwind year for Austin’s goth glamour boy. In May, he released the music video for his single “Good Boy,” in addition to doing interviews and performing on KVRX and Texas State University’s Studio C Session on KTSW this November...
The “About” section of Caleb De Casper’s Bandcamp page references performance art, and perhaps that designation is fitting. Indeed, his live shows feel less like traditional concerts and more like spectacular rock n’ roll musicals. De Casper often takes the stage bedecked in “glamour horror” costuming—torn fishnets, high heels, zany wigs etc.—and sashays his way through catchy punk rock songs that could comprise the soundtrack to Rocky Horror 2. His voice is brooding and deep, a wolfish baritone that deftly elevates the entire project from entertaining camp to a full-blown spectacle. “I Am Jane,” a single posted online, finds De Casper honing feminine strength over a raucous bed of power chords and church organ. It’s a fun but also knowing and clever song thanks to De Casper’s lyrical wit. Caleb De Casper is inarguably one of Austin’s most enjoyable acts, and we anticipate great things to come. —Ryan Ricks, DO512
Come to De Casper’s entry video for the masterful mini-documentary before he gets on stage; stay for his performance of “Good Boy,” a sultry disco romp about a garçon fatale. De Casper vamps on that stage sure-footed and effervescent, belying his prior confessional with camp and glitz like the icons before him. — Joshua Bote, NPR
...[De] Casper enjoys the frills and fishnets of gender-f*cking while onstage adorned with “horror glam” makeup – a custom that began with his music career in North Carolina. Of the only state that’s successfully passed a bathroom bill, [De] Casper says: “There’s a real hatred for people who deviate from gender norms – there, the punkest thing that you can do is to be a boy singing songs about boys while wearing fishnets and evening gowns.” Even in Austin, [De] Casper’s work promises something new and unrestrained...” — Sarah Marloff, The Austin Chronicle
Caleb de Casper is Austin’s reigning king of camp and kink, and his spectacularly inventive residency at Cheer Up Charlies was a high water mark of 2017. On the standout disco-glam track “Good Boy,” de Casper teases out the naughtiest elements of Abba and stitches them into a delirious, pulsing theatri-goth dance experience. He can be your good boy, you make him a bad boy, and the whole flirtatious dynamic is like a soundtrack to the sort of playful, indulgent party you’ve always wanted to be invited to. —Kayleigh Hughes, OVRLD.COM