Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Teens Of Style’ is now streaming and will be doing so for the next two weeks via NPR’s First Listen. See bottom of the page to stream.
Teens of Style is due out October 30th on Matador Records.
Teens of Denial to follow in 2016
Car Seat Headrest began in 2010 in Will Toledo’s hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. Needing a place of solitude (and soundproofing) where he could record vocals undisturbed, a 17-year-old Toledo set up shop in the family car.
After relocating to the Seattle suburbs in 2014, Toledo assembled a lineup with bassist Ethan Ives and drummer Andrew Katz. Teens of Style is the first Car Seat Headrest album recorded with a full band, finding their own style and producing a much more vibrant and powerful sound than before.
On Teens of Style, Toledo has taken material from the first three years of the band’s existence and reworked it into the their new arrangements. Drawing material from 3 (2010), My Back Is Killing Me Baby (2011), and Monomania (2012), Teens of Style provides a concise overview of the band’s many sonic and emotional facets, with the songs ranging from electronic psychedelia to punky anthems, to melancholic acoustic numbers.
The longest track on Teens of Style, “Times to Die,” is just under seven minutes, applying breakbeat cut-ups and “Low Rider” horns to a groove-driven neo-psych jam with lyrics about Judaism, Hinduism, and the record business. Similarly, “Maud Gone” is a wistful 60s-inspired pop number paying homage to Yeats’s unrequited love, while the party track “Los Borrachos” borrows its title from the Diego Velasquez painting.
Car Seat Headrest’s conceptual ambition and songwriting have been apparent since its early days of laptop recording, the scale of Toledo’s vision going far beyond the constricting “lo-fi” term. Now on his Matador Records debut, Teens of Style is Toledo’s most ambitious offering yet.
1. Sunburned Shirts
2. The Drum
3. Something Soon
4. No Passion
5. Times to Die
6. psst, teenagers, take off your clo
8. Maud Gone
9. Los Borrachos (I Don’t Have Any Hope Left, But the Weather is Nice)
10. Bad Role Models, Old Idols Exhumed (psst, teenagers, put your clothes back o)
11. Oh! Starving
U.S. TOUR DATES + CMJ SCHEDULE BELOW:
10/15 – New York, NY – Cake Shop – 6:15pm (NYC Taper party)^
10/15 – New York, NY – Elvis Guesthouse – 11pm (Beggars party)^
10/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right – 2:15pm (Brooklyn Vegan party)^
10/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade – 8:15pm (Aquarium Drunkard party)^
10/17 – New York, NY – Pianos – 12:30pm (Bowery Presents party)^
10/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Space 98 – 3pm (Urban Outfitters party)^
11/17 – London, UK – Servant Jazz Quarters
11/20 – Paris, FR – Espace B
11/21 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who
11/27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry*
11/28 – Madison, WI – The Frequency*
11/29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
11/30 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch*
12/1 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar
12/2 – Montreal, QC – Le Ritz
12/4 – Cambridge, MA – The Lizard Lounge*
12/5 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right*
12/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
12/7 – Washington, DC – DC9*
12/8 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*
12/10 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*
12/11 – Nashville, TN – High Watt*
12/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo*
^ denotes CMJ
* denotes w/ NE-HI