Car Seat Headrest announces re-masters

Car Seat Headrest announces re-master of 'Twin Fantasy', and new tour dates.
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Car Seat Headrest fans, new and old alike, will be elated to learn that Will Toledo’s 2011’s Bandcamp release, Twin Fantasy, has been re-recorded and re-imagined and will come out on February 16 th on Matador Records (*pre-order breakdown below). With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its explosive and revelatory live show to Australia, Europe, and select West Coast cities through the first half of 2018, with a full US tour to be announced at a later date.

Today’s album announcement comes with the release of “Nervous Young Inhumans” and its accompanying video. It is a split-screen choreographed crescendo, and the result of Toledo’s work as a first-time director.

Toledo always knew he would return to Twin Fantasy. He never did complete the work. Not really. Never could square his grand ambitions against his mechanical limitations. Listen to his first attempt, recorded at nineteen on a cheap laptop, and you’ll hear what Brian Eno fondly calls “the sound of failure” – thrilling, extraordinary, and singularly compelling failure. Will’s first love, rendered in the
vivid teenage viscera of stolen gin, bruised shins, and weird sex, was an event to momentous for the medium assigned to record it.

Even so, even awkward and amateurish, Twin Fantasy is deeply, truly adored. Legions of reverent listeners carve rituals out of it: sobbing over “Famous Prophets,” making out “Cute Thing,” dancing their asses off as “Bodys” climbs higher, higher. The distortion hardly matters. You can hear him just fine. You can hear everything. And you can feel everything: his hope, his despair, his wild
overjoy. He’s trusting you – plural you, thousands of you – with the things he can’t say out loud. “I pretended I was drunk when I came out to my friends,” he sings – and then, caught between truths, backtracks: “I never came out to my friends. We were all on Skype, and I laughed and changed the subject.”

“It was never a finished work,” Toledo says, “and it wasn’t until last year that I figured out how to finish it.” He has, now, the benefit of a bigger budget, a full band in fine form, and endless time to tinker. According to him, it took eight months of mixing just to get the drums right. But this is no shallow second take, sanitized in studio and scrubbed of feeling. This is the album he always wanted to make. It sounds the way he always wanted it to sound. It’s been hard, stepping into the shoes of his teenage self, walking back to painful places. There are lyrics he wouldn’t write again, an especially sad song he regards as an albatross. But even as he carries the weight of that younger, wounded Toledo, he moves forward. He grows. He revises, gently, the songs we love so much. In the album’s final moments, in those “apologies to future me’s and you’s,” there is more forgiveness than fury. This, Toledo says, is the most vital difference between the old and the new: he no longer sees his own story as a tragedy.

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Twin Fantasy

1. My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
2. Beach Life-In- Death
3. Stop Smoking (We Love You)
4. Sober to Death
5. Nervous Young Inhumans
6. Bodys
7. Cute Thing
8. High to Death
9. Famous Prophets (Stars)
10. Twin Fantasy (Those Boys)

* Twin Fantasy Pre-Order Breakdown:

February 16:

-Twin Fantasy (2017 version) double LP

-Twin Fantasy (2017 version) and Twin Fantasy – Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered

2011 version) double CD
-Twin Fantasy (2017 version) digital album

April 21:

-Record Store Day exclusive of Twin Fantasy – Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered

2011 version) double LP
TBD 2018:

-Twin Fantasy – Mirror To Mirror (re-mastered 2011 version) digital album

Tour Dates:
01/26 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto
02/24 – Sydney Limits Fest 
02/25 – Perth – Rosemont
02/28 – Melbourne – Croxton
03/01 – Brisbane – Triffid
03/03 – Auckland City Limits 
04/06 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall 
04/08 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
04/10 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat
04/11 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
04/12 – Olympia, WA – Capitol Theater
04/13 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
04/14 – Tacoma, WA – Real Art
05/16 -Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre 
05/18 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
05/19 -Liverpool, UK – Invisible Wind Factory
05/21 – Bristol, UK – SWX 
05/22 – Cambridge, UK – Junction 2 
05/23 – London, UK – Roundhouse 
05/25 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique 
05/26 – Paris, France – Le Trabendo
05/28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
05/29 – Koln, Germany – Kantine
05/30 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich
05/31 – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg