Car Seat Headrest in the news – March 2020

“The chorus of the track is dominated by gorgeous harmonies that we’ve come to expect from Car Seat Headrest, inter spliced with notably off-beat snare underneath a driving rhythm. Oh and there’s some trumpet for good measure!”

–Zanda Wilson on Music Feeds, March 24, 2020

“With their highly-anticipated new album set to arrive in the coming months, Car Seat Headrest have now unveiled the next cut to be lifted from their forthcoming full-length.”

–Chris Bound on Mystic Sons, March 24, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest Will Boost Your Mood With New Song ‘Martin'”

–Nina Corcoran on Consequence of Sound, March 23, 2020

“Martin is a joyful, jangly guitar-driven pop track from their upcoming album, ‘Making A Door Less Open,’ a collaboration between band leader Will Toledo and 1 Trait Danger, an electronic side project made up of Toledo and drummer Andrew Katz.”

–Jon Stickler on Stereoboard, March 23, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest Share Lyric Video for New Song ‘Martin'”

–Christopher Roberts on Under the Radar, March 23, 2020

“[Will Toledo] appears in the lyric video as his alter-ego Trait, washing the dishes — an appropriate activity during these pandemic times.”

–Claire Shaffer in Rolling Stone, March 23, 2020

“Songwriter Will Toledo declares the track one of the favorite songs he’s ever written.”

–Janice Headley on KEXP, March 23, 2020

“Toledo, the bandleader, is the computerised protagonist of the lyric video, washing dishes as his poignant words flash on the screen.”

–Jack Whatley on Far Out Magazine, March 23, 2020

“The song itself is a bouncy pop track that sounds a bit more realized than its predecessor, if not quite to the stadium-reaching peak of his recent pair of Teens LPs.”

–Mike LeSuer on FLOOD Magazine, March 23, 2020

“Bursting out of its seat with a startling assault of acoustic guitar, the track maintains 100 metre sprint pace before mellowing out in the final third, adding vibrant brass instrumentations that float along like butterfly wings.”

–Matty Pywell on Gigwise, March 23, 2020

“Accompanied by a lyric video that sees leader Will Toledo taking on the character ‘Trait,’ the uplifting pop song is described by Will as ‘one of the favorite songs that he’s ever written.'”

DIY, March 23, 2020

“The song is skittering and grounded by acoustic guitar and Toledo’s distinctive swallowed-up vocals.”

–James Rettig on Stereogum, March 23, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest have shared a new track from their forthcoming album Making a Door Less Open.”

–Matthew Strauss on Pitchfork, March 23, 2020

Car Seat Headrest in the news – Feb. 2020

“For us — and other CSH fans, I’m sure — 1 Trait serves as an immediate mood picker-upper. “

–Angel Pleasant & Dominiki Kurz in The Wellesley News, March 5, 2020

“Check out the sparse, yet energizing music video for Car Seat Headrest’s single “Cool Me Down,” then check out the details of Making A Door Less Open and the single artwork for “Can’t Cool Me Down,” along with the band’s tour dates.”

–Natalia Keogan on Paste, Feb. 26, 2020

“…as Trait/Toledo yowls about a heat that won’t be extinguished, his intense devotion to craft burns bright enough for anyone to see.”

–Marc Hogan on Pitchfork, Feb. 26, 2020

“Arising from Toledo’s attempts to change up how he was writing, Making A Door Less Open was heavily influenced by electronic experiments with CSH drummer Andrew Katz under the name 1 TRAIT DANGER.”

–Ryan Leas on Stereogum, Feb. 26, 2020

“Clocking in at five minutes, ‘Can’t Cool Me Down’ features shimmering synths and frontman Will Toledo’s falsetto.”

–Angie Martoccio in Rolling Stone, Feb. 26, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest Announces ‘Making A Door Less Open’ With A Mold-Breaking Single”

–Derrick Rossignol on Uproxx, Feb. 26, 2020

“Despite the electronic vibe, you still hear the rasp in lead singer Will Toledo’s voice that grounds it back to the band’s roots.”

–Emily Tan on Spin, Feb. 26, 2020

“The band recorded the new album twice: once live with guitars, drums and bass, and once in a MIDI environment using purely synthesised sounds.”

–Sam Moore on NME, Feb. 26, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo and band) have announced a new album, Making a Door Less Open, and shared its first single, ‘Cool Me Down.'”

–Christopher Roberts on Under the Radar, Feb. 26, 2020

“‘Can’t Cool Me Down’ is a genre-blending departure from Car Seat Headrest’s usual lo-fi indie rock sound. Frontman Will Toledo retains his signature matter-of-fate lyricism as he sings about performance anxiety, but this time he’s accompanied by new synthetic sounds.”

–Ingrid Angulo on Hot Press, Feb. 26, 2020

Making a Door Less Open marks the project’s first LP of new music since 2016’s Teens of Denial, and it’s also the introduction of a new persona for frontman Will Toledo.”

–Janice Headley on KEXP, Feb. 26, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest Announce New LP “Making a Door Less Open,” Share First Single”

Flood Magazine, Feb. 26, 2020

“Car Seat Headrest announce new album, touring w/ Twin Peaks (listen to ‘Can’t Cool Me Down’)”

Brooklyn Vegan, Feb. 26, 2020

Car Seat Headrest in the news – Nov. 2019

A Conversation with Will Toledo and An Appreciation for Car Seat Headrest

–Katie Ingegneri on medium.com, November 22, 2019

“Making such a poignant point out of such disparate concepts — all tucked into such a rollicking track — takes some fascinating genius.”

–Ben Kaye on Consequence of Sound, “Top 25 Rock Songs of the 2010s,” Nov. 12, 2019

“Few indie rock bands of this type have ever sounded this good wherever they go.”

–Steven Edelstone in Paste Magazine’s “20 Best Live Acts of the 2010s,” November 12, 2019

… “[Commit Yourself Completely’s] quality could just come down to the fact that CSH are a wonderful live band that are exceptional at what they do.”

liamthemusicreviewer, Nov. 11, 2019

Car Seat Headrest in the News – Sept. 2019

“Indie prince Will Toledo leads a performance that combines the scale, sensitivity, and sense of theatre that have propelled his project beyond their indie niche into the mainstream. “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” is the evening’s anthem, with a singalong that continues well into the next day.”

Drunkenwerewolf review of 2019 Green Man Festival in Wales, Sept. 16, 2019

Car Seat Headrest in the news – July 2019

“The short film follows the creative arc of completing a new song…The track in question is the brilliant ‘Stop Lying to Me’ which has a whole heap of power to it. “

–Jack Whatley in Far Out Magazine, July 9, 2019

“…Toledo is returning to his more collaborative roots; today…TIDAL is premiering the third and final episode of Car Seat Headrest’s documentary, I Haven’t Done Shit This Year — and it features an in-progress song titled ‘Stop Lying to Me,’ likely slated for the band’s next album.”

–Brenna Ehrlich on tidal.com, July 8, 2019

“Car Seat Headrest have shared the final installment of ‘I Haven’t Done Shit This Year,’ their behind-the-scenes documentary made in partnership with Tidal.

–Sam Sodomsky on Pitchfork, July 8, 2019

Car Seat Headrest in the news – June 2019

“Seattle-via-Virginia indie outfit Car Seat Headrest seemed prime for some afternoon sunburn (they surely had the SPF30 in full effect) and rocked their way through jammers like ‘Bodys’ from last year’s new / old Twin Fantasy and an excellent ‘Fill In The Blank’ from their 2016 album Teens of Denial.”

–Maureen Walsh on The Key, June 24, 2019

“Car Seat Headrest have released a striking filmed live version of ‘Fill In The Blank’ on YouTube, the first cut from the band’s newly announced digital live album, Commit Yourself Completely, set for release June 17.”

–Savannah Sicurella in Paste Magazine, June 12, 2019 

“‘Commit Yourself Completely’ is due to arrive on June 17 and will be a digital only release.”

–Laura Johnson on stereoboard.com, June 12, 2019

“This isn’t necessarily the best possible version of each track, but it’s some of the most fun we’ve had on stage.”

–Will Toledo quoted on Pitchfork, June 12, 2019

“I had never collaborated with anyone and I really trusted Will [Toledo], he has a sense for how songs go.”

–Stef Chura quoted by Trish Connelly on  Northern Transmissions, June 7, 2019

Car Seat Headrest in the news – May 2019

“Produced by Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo, [Stef Chura’s Midnight]features a sonic depth echoed in his own dynamic LPs: thrilling guitar riffs, exhilarating choruses and jagged nuances.”

–Ilana Kaplan on NPR, May 30, 2019 

“Produced entirely by Car Seat Headrest mastermind Will Toledo, an early admirer who invited Chura out on tour before her first album even came out, Midnight sharpens and focuses the shaggy ’90s indie of her debut into the kind of lean, mean, classic garage-rock that Toledo does so well without losing any of Chura’s unique voice.”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, May 30, 2019

“From Amigos Invisibles to Car Seat Headrest, check out all of the free con certs this summer at Millennium Park”

WTTW (Chicago), May 24, 2019

“Stef Chura and Will Toledo duet on the nocturnal rocker ‘Sweet Sweet Midnight'”

–Rob Hakimian on The 405, May 15, 2019

Toledo produced and recorded the entirety of Midnight, and his sonic influence is distinctly felt on “Sweet Sweet Midnight.”

–Connor Duffey on Stereogum, May 15, 2019