Car Seat Headrest in the news – May 2017

“Australian alt-rock trio Middle Kids are announcing a North American tour today. To promote it they went on SiriusXM radio, where singer Hannah Joy performed a solo piano cover of Car Seat Headrest’s Teens Of Denial opener ‘Fill In The Blank.'”

–Chris DeVille on Stereogum, May 17, 2017

“With a very personal, smart, and insightful lyrical prowess and a dynamic, inventive indie rock style, Car Seat Headrest are one of the most exciting rock group to pop up in recent memory, and with an engaging, stellar live show to boot, they’re at must-see at Bonnaroo.”

–Philip Obenschain on No Country, May 15, 2017

“The band now tours the world and continues to top all the charts with their songs that are angsty, emotionally complicated in the most endearing way, and so honest that it sometimes stings.”

–Cynthia Bonitz on mxdwn.com, May 11, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest’s ambition and stunning songwriting has been apparent since its early days of recording in Toledo’s car − only difference is that they’ve upgrading their recording digs and there’s a host of adoring fans listening.”

–Avery Newmark on AJC.com, May 5, 2017

Car Seat Headrest in the news – April 2017

“Last night, ‘Conan’ welcomed musical guests Car Seat Headrest.”

–Evan Minsker on Pitchfork, April 19, 2017

“In between Coachella weekends, Car Seat Headrest stopped by Conan on Tuesday night (4/18) to perform a somewhat revamped version of ‘Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not An)’ from last year’s terrific Teens of Style.”

–Bill Pearis on Brooklyn Vegan, April 19, 2017

“Our 2016 Rookie of the Year performed a new version of ‘Unforgiving Girl” (She’s Not An),’ taken from last year’s excellent Teens of Denial.”

–Michelle Geslani on Consequence of Sound, April 19, 2017

“I don’t know if Will Toledo is satisfied, but I’m certainly happy that songs like ‘Faith In Anyone’ finally made their way into the world.”

–Alex Galbraith on Uproxx, April 17, 2017

“But although Radiohead played to a surprisingly small audience…middlebrow guitar bands such as Bastille, Car Seat Headrest and Local Natives pulled fans in numbers that suggested rock isn’t dead yet…”

–Mikael Wood in the Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2017

“Listen to his lovely, acoustic cover of ‘That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore’…”

–Janice Headley on KEXP-FM, April 12, 2017

“For his passionate and heartbreaking version of ‘That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore,’ Toledo swaps out all the electric guitars and drums for a single acoustic guitar.”

–Robin Hilton on NPR Music, April 12, 2017

“Truly haunting.”

DIY Magazine, April 12, 2017

“…this acoustic version is pretty haunting and would definitely make Morrissey proud.”

Pure Volume, April 12, 2017

“Toledo’s version is an aching acoustic rendition in the vein of his ‘Pyramid Song’ cover…”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, April 11, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest have shared an acoustic cover of the Smiths’ song ‘That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore.'”

–Noah Yoo on Pitchfork, April 11, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest have a certain touch which makes them a shining beacon in the ocean of Indie bands competing for attention today.”

–Clare Kelly in Counterfeit Magazine, April 5, 2017

Car Seat Headrest in the news – March 2017

“Today, [Toledo] revealed some interesting details about the songwriting and publicly processes behind his two most ambitious albums.”

–Rob Arcand in Spin Magazine, March 30, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest Surprise Highlight of BBC 6 Music Festival Day 2”

–Suzanne Oswald and Robert Blair on Gigwise, March 27, 2017

“…half way through the night a newly married couple, still fully dressed up, arrive in the crowd, bouquets in hand. More remarkably, they are not even obviously happier than the folks surrounding them.”

–Max Pilley on Too Many Blogs, March 27, 2017

“This week, Car Seat Headrest – the indie rock anti-heroes behind 2016’s brilliant Teens Of Denial – curate 19 tracks spanning Tom Waits, Nirvana, Pixies, Leonard Cohen and Guided By Voices.”

Crack Magazine, March 27, 2017

“The rollicking guitar and drums pulse through the song, showing off the simplicity and beauty of Toledo’s songwriting.”

–Javi Fedrick on The Arts Desk, March 27, 2017

“People around me jump, sweat, sing along, feeling emotionally connected to the stage, where a 25 years old man from Virginia moves fast through his setlist.”

–Marco on Indie + Tonic, March 24, 2017

[Will Toledo’s] “awkward take on issues that impact most teens and young adults such as drugs, sex, and insecurity make him extremely relatable. ”

–Aliyah Webs in Affinity Magazine, March 12, 2017

“Coming off his fantastic album, Teens of Denial, our 2016 Rookie of the Year is scheduled to play practically every music festival there is, from Quebec’s Osheaga to Tennessee’s Bonnaroo to Norway’s Oya.”

–Ben Kaye on Consequence of Sound, March 6, 2017

“Will Toledo will be taking his band out on the road for an extensive run of headlining dates…”

PureVolume, March 6, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest have announced a slew of new tour dates for 2017.”

–Noah Yoo on Pitchfork, March 6, 2017

Car Seat Headrest in the news – Feb. 2017

“In less than a year, the album Teens of Denial made it to the top of countless best-of-2016 playlists, the band have been booked by high-profile mainstream TV shows such as The Tonight Show and the 24-year-old Toledo ­regularly faces huge crowds who roar his lyrics back at him in packed venues.”

–James Belfield in The Listener (New Zealand), Feb. 16, 2017

“Even without checking production credits, the imprint that Car Seat Headrest and lead singer Will Toledo has on Gold Connections is unmistakable.”

–Jared McNett in Paste Magazine, Feb. 13, 2017

“Gold Connections is something like the Silver Jews to Car Seat’s Pavement: rich and wandering, hazy and pensive with the sort of thoughtful lyrics and explosive choruses we’ve come to expect from a Toledo production.”

–Rob Arcand in Spin, Feb. 13, 2017

Review of “Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales”

–Erika Kooda in Atwood Magazine, Feb. 2, 2017

“It was certainly an experience we all needed.”

–Danielle Hansen on Howl & Echoes, Feb. 2, 2017

Car Seat Headrest in the News – Jan. 2017

“Their ability to manipulate an entire room of people into becoming the most attentive audience I’ve ever seen is incredible, and indicative of their great talents.”

–Annie Cooper on the interns, Jan. 30, 2017

“This was one of those gigs that you leave with guitar hooks ricocheting around your head, Will’s face swimming before your eyes, and vocals surging up inside you.”

–Margy Noble in The AU Review, Jan. 28, 2017

“…a solo performance from Will would be a rare treat and was sure that he would’ve held that room in the palm of his hand even if all he was left with was a kazoo and maybe a pair of castanets. He’s just that talented.”

–Nick Wagstaff on Moshcam, Jan. 27, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest Explain What’s Up With That Smash Mouth Collaboration”

–Matthew Strauss on Pitchfork, Jan. 26, 2017

“Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Talks Smash Mouth Plans”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, Jan. 25, 2017

“Fans of indie rockers Car Seat Headrest may be in for a surprise solo show tonight in Sydney from frontman Will Toledo, as the band have announced members Ethan Ives, Andrew Katz and Seth Dalby have been caught up with flight delays.”

The  Music (Australia), Jan. 25, 2017

“The maker might be aloof and measured in person, but this record is anything but, with brash lyrical couplets bolted to guitar music that’s vivid, muscular, ambitious, unpredictable.”

–Grant Smithies in Stuff (New Zealand), Jan. 22, 2017

“[Will Toledo] reveals how he grew his passion from a cult following to a record deal, the people who inspired his journey, finding motivation as an artist and why we should check out Car Seat Headrest at Laneway.

–Fiona O’Connor on Concrete Playground, Jan. 18, 2017

“You dreams have been answered: Smash Mouth and Car Seat Headrest look like they are going to make a record together.”

Happy Mag, Jan. 18, 2017

“Smash Mouth have expressed their appreciation of Car Seat Headrest on Twitter before, but now their beautiful online bromance could be blossoming into something more.”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, Jan. 17, 2017

“…a critically-acclaimed follow-up that captures a youthful and all-too-familiar time of experimentation and discovery.”

–johnnysomebody re: Teens of Denial on The Telescope, Jan. 16, 2017

“Yes they’ve been around for a few years, but they really broke through this year as a new hope for alternative rock.”

–JT on The Bolg, Jan. 14, 2017

“2016’s Teens of Denial, echoed my reality like no other indie rock album has been able to.”

–Jennifer Park on Noisey, Jan. 13, 2017

“…an exhilarating ride…”

–Ed Masley re: “Teens of Denial” in the Arizona Republic, Jan. 13, 2017

“…most of their songs start soft and mellow and quickly build into blaring indie-rock tunes that you can’t help but sing/scream along to…”

–Mariella on KXSU (Seattle University), Jan. 10, 2017

“Thirteen albums in, Car Seat Headrest is on its way.”

–Iain Shedden in The Australian, Jan. 7, 2017

“The record was actually recorded back in 2014 when [Will] Marsh was an undergrad at William & Mary, with help from Marsh’s classmate: Car Seat Headrest mastermind Will Toledo, who produced, engineered, and mixed it in addition to contributing drums, electric guitar, bass, and backing vocals.”

–Chris DeVille Re: “New Religion” by Cold Connections on Stereogum, Jan. 5, 2017

“Will Toledo captures the post modern atmosphere in the most sincere and eloquent ways possible – confessing his anxious thoughts, and wrapping them around haunting melodies.”

–John Naessig on StGA, Jan. 4, 2017

Car Seat Headrest makes ‘Best of 2016’ lists

Car Seat Headrest

“Teens of Denial”

“Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales”

“Vincent”

Fill in the Blank

“Cosmic Hero”

“Destroyed by Hippie Powers”

“The Ballad of the Costa Concordia”

 

Car Seat Headrest in the News – Dec. 2016

“This is an instant indie-rock classic.”

–Allan Raible on ABC News, Dec. 30, 2016

“…one of the most critically acclaimed indie albums of the decade.”

CEG, December 27, 2016

“As a wordsmith and ideas man, Toledo is up there with a clutch of maverick geniuses…”

–Tony Hardy on BestNewBands.com, Dec. 24, 2016

“Car Seat Headrest’s Talking Heads Cover ‘This Must Be The Place’ Is The Best Cover You’ll Hear This Year”

–Caitlin White on Uproxxx, Dec. 22, 2016

“The Will Toledo-led band covers a lot of different tracks during their sets, and at their homecoming gig at The Neptune last month, they covered the Talking Heads’ Speaking In Tongues track ‘This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)’ with the help of their opening band.

–James Rettig on Stereogum, Dec. 22, 2016

“…there really is something jubilant about how Will Toledo takes that Pavement style of indie slop to such anthemic levels here.”

–Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone, Dec. 21, 2016

Teens is a voice-cracking classic.”

–Abram Scharf on Creative Loafing (Tampa Bay), Dec. 21, 2016

“Through changes of pace and intelligent, introspective lyrics, Car Seat Headrest have created a work of raw depth and beauty.”

GIGsoup, Dec. 21, 2016

“The song simultaneously inspires feelings of dread and hope.”

–Darryl G. Wright re” “Fill in the Blank” on Spectrum Culture, Dec. 20, 2016

“Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Drunk Drivers /Killer Whales’ is an alt rock masterpiece and the linchpin of Teens of Denial, one of the year’s best albums.”

–Grant Ridnor on Spectrum Culture, Dec. 20, 2016

“These songs rock with a fuzzy-yet-clear intensity; they retain their DIY spirit, but the focus is sharper, as are the hooks, even when songs stretch past the seven-minute mark.”

–Steve Klinge in Magnet, Dec. 19, 2016

Teens of Denial takes the verbosity of artists like Jonathan Richman and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff and combines it with a classic rock-sized sound to create one of the most enthralling records of 2016.”

–Terence Praet in The Manuel, Dec. 19, 2016

Teens of Denial is a complex, smart, catchy record with some of the year’s best tracks on it.”

–Rich in The Revue, Dec. 19, 2016

“Utilizing the classic quiet-loud-quiet structure, ‘Cosmic Hero’ plays with emotions more than it has any right to.”

Dozens of Donuts, Dec. 19, 2016

–“‘Destroyed By Hippie Power’ rocked, revitalizing Indie Rock in one fell swoop.”

Dozens of Donuts, Dec. 19, 2016

“While the entirety of Teens Of Denial could be seen as a magnificent journey through an adolescents growing fears, ‘The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia’ organically put it in one paranoid package.”

Dozens of Donuts, Dec. 19, 2016

“…my favourite album and one to buy all your favourite people this Christmas is ‘Teens of Denial’ by my current favourite band Car Seat Headrest.”

The Only Indie Boy in Old York, Dec. 18, 2016

“…packed with great songs combining anthemic song hooks and shout-along choruses with smartly crafted lyrics of alienation, depression and survival.”

KEXP (Seattle) re: Teens of Denial, Dec. 16, 2016

“As Teens of Denial presents Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo) in a full-band setting following a string of Bandcamp albums, it’s hardly the sound of bending to convention.”

–Hays Davis on Under the Radar, Dec. 16, 2016

“…Toledo applies his encyclopedic rock knowledge to writing indelible, engaging songs that manage to sound so big and yet feel so personal.”

–Steven Hyden on Uproxx, Dec. 15, 2016

“Rookie of the Year: Car Seat Headrest”

–Lior Phillips on Consequence of Sound, Dec. 15, 2016

“This first studio-recorded LP from the band, Teens of Denial is frustration, confusion and humor in one of its best rock interpretations.”

–Skye Leppo on The Key, Dec. 15, 2016

“When that crunching and cathartic ‘it doesn’t have to be like this’ refrain finally kicks in, it’s nearly as bracing as any face-slapping Nirvana chorus.”

Farce the Music, Dec. 15, 2016

“This is 23-year-old Will Toledo’s 13th album, a tale of 20-something lives and 90s influenced American indie rock par excellence.”

–Kernan Andrews in the Galway (Ireland) Advertiser, Dec. 15, 2016

“‘Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales’ was essentially indie rock’s anthem in 2016.”

–Eli Enis in The Alternative, Dec. 14, 2016

“Every generation gets the bookish, depressive indie-rock superstar it deserves, and you could scribble out the margins of every notebook inside a Staples with all the soul-scraping lines packed into Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial.”

–Jeremy Gordon on Spin, Dec. 13, 2016

A feel-good album about people chemically incapable of feeling good, Teens of Denial reckons mental illness, alienation, and a blooper reel’s worth of false epiphanies without angst or coddling…”

–Mike Powell on Pitchfork, Dec. 13, 2016

“Teens Of Denial is that record I never got tired of.”

–Steven on 107.7 The End (Seattle), Dec. 13, 2016

Teens Of Denial is a massive statement, proof that the scruffiness of those old songs was more necessity than style.”

–A.G. on Uproxxx, Dec. 12, 2016

“…to paraphrase one of Toledo’s ancestors, a perfect sound is a perfect sound forever, and Denial found him honing it into his most cohesive, most endlessly replayable set yet.”

–Sean O’Neal on The A.V. Club, Dec. 12, 2016

“As a songwriter, Toledo captures what it’s like to be an awkward but thoughtful and intelligent man in his twenties in the modern era.”

–Bdog on The Gourmet Bachelor, Dec. 12, 2016

“…with Teens of Denial, Will Toledo has crafted a lofty, lyrically observant, melodic heavy and fun-as-hell album that does its predecessors well.”

Aquarium Drunkard, Dec. 12, 2016

“The chorus of the song…hits at the feeling of being an anxious millennial directly.”

–Corey Leung re: “Fill in the Blank” on Twin Sheep, Dec. 12, 2016

“Whether he’s lamenting his lost backpack or pondering that next glass of beer, Toledo makes the mundane sound brainy and cool.”

–Marcus J. Moore in Spin, Dec. 12, 2016

“His music is moving and even deeply affecting at times.”

–Joshua B. Hoe on On Pirate Satellite, Dec. 11, 2016

“Thank you, Car Seat Headrest, for delivering the best indie-rock album in years.”

–Jim Harrington in the (San Jose) Mercury News, Dec. 9, 2016

Teens of Denial collects a still more impressive dozen artful packed-with-ideas songs that never trip over their own ambition.”

–Dan DeLuca in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 9, 2016

“We followed everyone’s favorite new rock band Car Seat Headrest around SXSW 2016, just as they broke through.

–Chris Chafin in Brooklyn Magazine, Dec. 9, 2016

“They’re basically everything you ever wanted in a band, and will hit that spot for a music craving pretty much every time you have one.”

–Jackie Yeager in Bands in Town, Dec. 9, 2016

“Toledo’s vivid lyricism pumps Denial’s 70 minutes full of heart and humanity…”

–Eric Renner Brown in Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 8, 2016

“‘Vincent’ starts with 2½ minutes of gathering guitar Minimalism, adding a motor beat; then Will Toledo’s voice arrives, with bipolar confessions of self-doubt and excess, as the music just keeps building.”

–Jon Pareles in the New York Times, Dec. 7, 2016

“Toledo is one of those rare talents whose precision as a songwriter is matched by his gift for arrangement.”

–Andrea Domanick on noisey, Dec. 7, 2016

“…he managed to make a record that was as good as any rock record, maybe one of the best rock records of the century, and maybe one of the top 10 rock records ever made.”

–Bob Boilen on NPR, Dec. 6, 2016

“The record is a near-masterpiece, big and ambitious but still precise in every moment…and if he’s going to be the voice, or even a voice, of indie rock moving forward, I feel like we’re in good hands.”

–Nate Scott in USA Today, Dec. 6, 2016

“The complexity of the songwriting on Teens of Denial isn’t just a craftsman showing off; it’s the work of someone building something elaborate enough to hide inside.”

–J. Edward Keyes on Bandcamp, Dec. 6, 2016

“One of the best rising acts in rock.”

–Scott Russell re: Will Toledo in Paste Magazine, Dec. 6, 2016

“…someone who can express the torments and depressions of a generation with a twisted sense of humor and music that shambles as recklessly as life itself.”

Bitter Southerner re: Will Toledo, Dec. 6, 2016

“I admire a lot of music, but this is what I want from music.”

–Bob Boilen on NPR Music, Dec. 5, 2016

“If this doesn’t make you wanna crank the car stereo and go all Cannonball Run, you need new ears.”

–Matt Reilly re: “Vincent” on NPR Music, Dec. 5, 2016

“‘Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales’ says something about every year, every day, and every waking moment in our life, and that’s such a hard thing to do as a writer.”

–Michael Roffman on Consequence of Sound, Dec. 5, 2016

“…it simply and positively rocks.”

–Patrick Green on Crave, Dec. 5, 2016

“Car Seat’s entire set was pristine, and the band has clearly grown into their skin as live performers.”

–Dylan Sies on Northwest Music Scene, Dec. 4, 2016

“My good friend and roommate Julia always insists that the success of a first date can be determined by turning on the song ‘Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales’ in the car and seeing if they’re singing along by the end.”

–Adrienne Hohensee on KXSU (Seattle University), Dec. 2, 2016

Will Toledo’s review of Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”

Talkhouse, Dec. 2, 2016

“Toledo may posture as an underachiever, but with Teens Of Denial, he’s achieved something great, transcending his Bandcamp origins to create a work that rivals its lofty influences.”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, Dec. 1, 2016

“Toledo’s open-book approach to personal struggles provides a scarred but triumphant human heart at the center of these 11 blazing epics, all of which find a radio friendly angle in the uncertainties of youth.”

–Jeff Terich in American Songwriter, Dec. 1, 2016