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Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest, 100 Club, 2016.jpg
Will Toledo performing with Car Seat Headrest at 100 Club in London, England in June 2016
Background information
Origin Leesburg, Virginia, United States
Genres
2010-present
Labels Matador
Naked Giants
Website carseatheadrest.bandcamp.com
Members
  • Will Toledo
  • Ethan Ives
  • Andrew Katz
  • Seth Dalby
  • Jacob Bloom

Car Seat Headrest is an American indie rock band originally from Leesburg, Virginia, United States, currently based in Seattle, Washington. Begun as a solo recording project in 2010 by William James Toledo Barnes (born August 23, 1992), known professionally as Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest released 12 albums on the music platform Bandcamp. Signed to Matador Records in 2015, Car Seat Headrest began a tour in 2016 presenting material from their latest album Teens of Denial as a full band. Toledo's work is notable for its large online cult following. The group has received attention from publications including Pitchfork,[1]Rolling Stone,[2]The New Yorker and Paste,[3] amongst others.[4]

History

2010-14: Lo-fi and home recordings, from 1 to How to Leave Town

Car Seat Headrest began as the project of Will Toledo, who chose the name "Car Seat Headrest" due to his decision to record the vocals of his first albums in the back seat of his car for privacy. He started the project due to stalling with his previous band, Nervous Young Men. The original aim of the Car Seat Headrest project was to put out as many songs as possible, as quickly as possible. Toledo's production has gradually grown less lo-fi, but he still remains an effective example of the DIY ethic.

Throughout 2010, Toledo released his first four albums under the Car Seat Headrest name; 1, 2, 3, and 4. 1 and 2 contain less traditionally written songs and more stream-of-consciousness lyrics, recorded in an experimental style, whereas 3 and 4 would begin to cement his indie rock style. Also in 2010, he released the Sunburned Shirts EP, which was then combined with his fifth LP, 5, to create My Back Is Killing Me Baby, released in 2011. Songs culled from 5 would appear on the compilation album Little Pieces of Paper with "No" Written on Them.

My Back Is Killing Me Baby began a trilogy of albums that would center around a relationship that Toledo was in at the time, which continued with his next album and one that brought a large influx of new fans, Twin Fantasy. This trilogy of albums would conclude with 2012's Monomania. In 2012, he also released a new EP, entitled Starving While Living.

It would take another year for Toledo to release his next project under the Car Seat Headrest name, an over two-hour long album named Nervous Young Man. Several of the songs, and the title of the album, were taken from his old band, Nervous Young Men. Alongside Nervous Young Men was a compilation of songs culled from the album, named Disjecta Membra. Nervous Young Man continued the cult following that Toledo had begun to amass with Twin Fantasy. Toledo's final release both by himself and without a label was How to Leave Town, an EP with heavy electronic instrumentation that would also have a cult following, albeit smaller than that of Twin Fantasy.

2015-present: Matador Records and hi-fi albums

In September 2015, Car Seat Headrest announced on his Facebook page that he had signed an album deal with Matador Records.[5] Toledo recruited bassist Ethan Ives and drummer Andrew Katz to record and tour his next album. In October 2015, Car Seat Headrest released the compilation album Teens of Style under the label, his first album that was not self-released exclusively via Bandcamp.

Ives would then switch to guitar and other instruments, such as synthesizer, with Seth Dalby taking over on bass. A new album created with traditional studio processes, Teens of Denial, was released on May 20, 2016.[6] The album was well received, and brought the band a new wave of popularity.

An alternate mix of Car Seat Headrest's 2017 single "War Is Coming (If You Want It)" was available for one day only on Bandcamp with profits going to the Transgender Law Center. A significantly different final version of the track was released ten days later.[7]

On December 13, 2017, the band released a re-recorded version of "Beach Life-In-Death", the second track on Twin Fantasy on Spotify. This sparked fan rumours that the album would be re-recorded and released the following year.[8] On December 27, 2017, an Amazon listing detailing a re-recorded version of Twin Fantasy was found by fans, and subsequently uploaded to the Car Seat Headrest subreddit.[9] This was followed up by a listing on SRCVinyl.com with the date February 16, 2018.[10][11] The leaked album introduction was written by Peyton Thomas for Matador after an interview with Toledo. On January 9, 2018, Matador Records formally announced the release of the re-recording, entitled Twin Fantasy (Face to Face), with the original recording being re-released as well. Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) was released via Matador on February 16. The original, which has been re-titled Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror), was released on vinyl as a part of Record Store Day on April 21. This re-recording's announcement coincided with a tour announcement and a music video for the track "Nervous Young Inhumans".[12] On February 15, 2018, the band covered "Fallen Horses" by Smash Mouth, with Smash Mouth returning the favor with a cover of "Something Soon".[13]

Style

AllMusic biographer Mark Deming wrote that Car Seat Headrest created "moody and introspective lo-fi pop tunes that are melodic but structurally ambitious at once".[14] Writing on Pitchfork, Jeremy Gordon stated on Teens of Denial, "Will Toledo reaffirms that he is ahead of the pack as an imaginative singer-songwriter, capable of crafting dynamic indie rock."[15]

Members

Current

  • Will Toledo - vocals, guitar, keyboards (2010-present), drums, bass (2010-2015)
  • Ethan Ives - guitar (2015, 2016-present), bass (2015-2016)
  • Andrew Katz - drums (2014-present)
  • Seth Dalby - bass (2016-present)

Past

  • Jacob Bloom - bass (2014-2015)

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[16]
US
Alt

[17]
US
Heat

[18]
US
Indie

[19]
US
Rock

[20]
BEL
(FL)

[21]
NED
[22]
SCO
[23]
UK
[24]
1
  • Released: May 1, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: DL
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2
  • Released: June 1, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: DL
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3
  • Released: July 16, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: DL
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4
  • Released: August 16, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: DL
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
My Back Is Killing Me Baby
  • Released: March 26, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CS, DL
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Twin Fantasy
  • Released: November 2, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, CS, DL, LP
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Monomania
  • Released: August 1, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, DL
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Nervous Young Man
  • Released: August 23, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: DL
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Teens of Style
  • Released: October 30, 2015
  • Label: Matador (OLE-1088)
  • Format: CD, CS, DL, LP
-- -- 19 -- -- 117 -- -- --
Teens of Denial
  • Released: May 20, 2016
  • Label: Matador (OLE-1091)
  • Format: CD, DL, LP
180 16 1 15 22 121 82 -- 198
Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)
  • Released: February 16, 2018
  • Label: Matador
  • Format: CD, DL, LP
92 5 -- 3 11 43 88 29 68
"--" denotes album that did not chart or was not released

Compilation albums

  • Little Pieces of Paper With "No" Written on Them (2010)
  • Disjecta Membra (2013)[25]

Extended plays

  • Starving While Living (2012)[26]
  • How to Leave Town (2014)[27]

Singles

Year Title MEX
Air.
[28]
Album
2015 "No Passion" -- Teens of Style
"Something Soon"[29] --
"Times to Die" --
2016 "Vincent" 42 Teens of Denial
"Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales" --
"Fill in the Blank" --
"Destroyed by Hippie Powers" --
2017 "War Is Coming (If You Want It)"[30] -- Non-album single
"Beach Life-In-Death" -- Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)
2018 "Nervous Young Inhumans"[31] 44
"Cute Thing" --
"My Boy (Twin Fantasy)" --

References

  1. ^ "Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. October 28, 2015. Archived from the original on January 11, 2016. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Hermes, Will (2015-11-02). "Car Seat Headrest Teens Of Style Album Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2016-01-11. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015 :: Music :: Lists :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Archived from the original on 2016-01-11. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Car Seat Headrest Grows up on Bandcamp". The New Yorker. November 2, 2015. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ we got a label Archived 2018-01-15 at the Wayback Machine.September 1, 2015. Facebook.
  6. ^ Coming May 20 : Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial Archived 2016-03-27 at the Wayback Machine.. March 24, 2016. Matador Records.
  7. ^ Rettig, James (August 14, 2017). "Car Seat Headrest - "War Is Coming (If You Want It)"". Stereogum. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ ""Beach Life in Death" by Car Seat Headrest Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Twin Fantasy, Matador Records, 2018-02-16, retrieved  
  10. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy 2XLP Vinyl". www.srcvinyl.com. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Coming February 16 : Car Seat Headrest - 'Twin Fantasy' ; "Nervous Young Inhumans" Video Premiere". Matablog. Matador Records. Retrieved 2018. 
  12. ^ "Car Seat Headrest Announces Release Plans For Twin Fantasy". www.americansongwriter.com. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Smash Mouth Cover Car Seat Headrest: Listen". pitchfork.com. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ Deming, Mark. "Car Seat Headrest | Biography & History". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-23. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  17. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  18. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard Heatseekers". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  19. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  20. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  21. ^ "Discografie Car Seat Headrest". ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2016-09-20. 
  22. ^ "Dutch Charts - Car Seat Headrest". dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on 2016-09-16. 
  23. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  24. ^ Peaks of Car Seat Headrest in the United Kingdom:
  25. ^ Elliot, Sean (2013-08-31). "Nervous Young Man by Car Seat Headrest". The Daily Album. Archived from the original on 2016-06-23. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "Starving While Living | Car Seat Headrest". Carseatheadrest.bandcamp.com. Archived from the original on 2016-05-04. Retrieved . 
  27. ^ "How To Leave Town | Car Seat Headrest". Carseatheadrest.bandcamp.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-01. Retrieved . 
  28. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 2016. 
  29. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: SubModern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on October 6, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  30. ^ Rettig, James (August 14, 2017). "Car Seat Headrest - "War Is Coming (If You Want It)"". Stereogum. Archived from the original on August 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  31. ^ "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on January 15, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 

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