By Ljubinko Zivkovic, Rock At Night Amsterdam
Review: Caleb Nichols – Let’s Look Back -Release Date: October 13, 2023
There is always ample space for this melodic type of indie rock that crosses the lines of power pop and all other rock variants that champion melody as its main ingredient. Yet, to do it, you need an excellent ear, and some personal experience will do just fine, too.
California-raised artist Caleb Nichols seems to have both as he presents himself on his latest album ‘Let’s Look Back.’ He has a good ear for the melody and how to set it amidst some ringing guitars and vocal harmonies and has previous experience. He was a part of the 2000s indie rock boom as the bassist for Port O’Brien and leader of acts from Grand Lake to Churches and, most recently, Soft People.
The album’s theme is quite serious as Nichols unflinchingly addresses “what it means to be a survivor of abuse — not just childhood abuse, but other types of abuse, and self-abuse.” This includes all the “scarring and s—y stuff that you do when you’re that person, before you get better.”
It is quite a challenge to combine such a serious theme with guitar-led melodic rock, but Nichols manages that challenge quite admirably here, coming up with an excellent album.