Car Seat Headrest in the news – Dec. 2018

“Will Toledo, the 26-year-old who leads Car Seat Headrest, studied the 1990s scene that birthed Wilco and Low, and his knotty record “Twin Fantasy” (Matador) suggests he learned his lessons well. It’s a concept album about teenage alienation and desire, channeling fear and frustration in songs that simmer and then explode.”

–Mark Richardson in the Wall Street Journal, Dec. 18, 2018

“…the wit and passion of Toledo’s existential angst sound as fresh as ever.”

–Marc Hogan on Pitchfork, Dec. 17, 2018

“Through Toledo’s signature wry wit and an almost stream-of-consciousness vulnerability at times, “Twin Fantasy” 2.0 rides the emotional roller coaster and occasional awkwardness of young love — unrequited or otherwise — armed with a refined vision and cacophony of guitars.”

–Michael Rietmulder in the Seattle Times, Dec. 15, 2018

Twin Fantasy is the kind of album that teaches you how to listen to it while you’re listening to it, a dense, dizzying rock record that’s two parts Baudrillard, two parts Badfinger.”

–J. Edward Keyes on Bandcamp, Dec. 13, 2018

“It’s deeply personal music — music unconcerned about the scene around it or the acclaim it could earn — and that’s why it’s worth listening to.”

–Pryor Stroud on Pop Matters, Dec. 12, 2018

“The lyrics are first-class, clever and distinctive, and as you progress through the album the things to which Toledo speaks of begin to accumulate within you, opening up a new level of appreciation, or maybe understanding, of Twin Fantasy.”

Across the Margin, Dec. 12, 2018

“Twin Fantasy is an absolute best-case scenario for Car Seat Headrest fans, whether they’ve heard the original or not.”

–Corey Van den Hoogenband in Exclaim!, Dec. 4, 2018

“If every rock song was this immaculate, we’d call it ‘gold’ instead of ‘rock.'”

Paste Magazine, Dec. 3, 2018

Car Seat Headrest in the news, Nov. 2018

“The production quality of Car Seat Headrest’s rerecorded version of 2011’s Twin Fantasy adds to the clarity of the overall music, while its concerns and revelations are as complex and timeless as ever.”

–Lewis Wade on The Skinny, Nov. 26, 2018

“[Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales] is one of the most existentially satisfying songs of recent memory, a simmering pot into which to pour your resentments, internal and external, before letting the band rip that pressure valve right off and to let all of your troubles run free.”

–Max Pilley on musicOMH, Nov. 13, 2018

“As the walls dripped with sweat and the steam rose from an exhausted crowd, an old quote from an unlikely source (Ozzy Osbourne!) sprang to mind: ‘When people go to see a rock band they want to have their heart ripped out and handed back to them in a better condition’ – I’m sure most will agree that Car Seat Headrest had done just that.”

–Chris Hatch on Secret Meeting, Nov. 10, 2018

“It has been thoroughly exciting to see Car  Seat Headrest grow, not just in members, but from cult Internet darlings to one of the larger festival-crowd gatherings in recent years – and as they plough on through a tour supporting a remake of  Twin Fantasy, arguably their best record, we thought it only right to celebrate Toledo’s discography with a classic top 10 songs list!”

–Josh Adams on Transistor, Nov. 1, 2018

Car Seat Headrest in the news – Oct. 2018

“Twin Fantasy is Our Favorite ‘Re-Issue’ of 2018”

Closed Captioned, Oct. 31, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest’s 2018 reworking of his 2011 Bandcamp album, Twin Fantasy is an exuberant record and an ode to the anxieties, confusion and heartache of young adulthood.”

–Lizzie Manno in Paste Magazine, Oct. 31, 2018

“Watch Car Seat Headrest Cover ‘Hey Ya!’ and ‘Sandstorm'”

–Matthew Strauss on Pitchfork, Oct. 15, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest brought their reworked Twin Fantasy to Seattle’s Showbox this past weekend, closing out their high-energy show with an unexpected (and absolutely delightful) cover of OutKast’s immortal ‘Hey Ya.'”

–Randall Colburn on Consequence of Sound, Oct. 15, 2018

“Watch Car Seat Headrest Cover Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!'”

–Justin Kamp on Paste Magazine, Oct. 15, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest Turned OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya’ Into An Indie Rock Anthem During A Gig In Seattle”

–Corbin Reiff on Uproxx, Oct. 15, 2018

“Hear Car Seat Headrest Cover “Hey Ya,” Smashing Pumpkins, & Darude In Seattle”

–James Rettig on Stereogum, Oct. 15, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest put out a very good album this year. It’s called Twin Fantasy…”

–Jerry Klein on Tiny Mix Tapes, Oct. 11, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest, one of the hardest working bands in rock, will hit the road again early next year for a string of North American tour dates.”

–Randall Colburn in Consequence of Sound, Oct. 9, 2018

“Toledo’s perfectionism and sheer talent is what has fueled Car Seat Headrest into making it one of the best indie rock bands out there. ”

–Brit Abrams in the Eagle, Oct. 2, 2018

Car Seat Headrest in the news – Sept. 2018

“Car Seat Headrest charms sold-out Cat’s Cradle”

–Ashley Acker on CLTure, Sept. 25, 2018

“By releasing vulnerability, fear, confusion and teenage angst through the tension of pure sound, Car Seat Headrest left the audience emotionally exhausted and musically astounded.”

–Sarah Cammarota on The Hoya, Sept. 24, 2018

“Highlights included the brilliant ‘Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales’ from Teens of Denial and a medley the band has been playing recently on tour which includes ‘Sober to Death’ from Twin Fantasy and the Neil Young and Crazy Horse tune ‘Powderfinger.'”

–David LaMason on Parklife DC, Sept. 24, 2018

Car Seat Headrest Twin Fantasy Tour Highlights, Sept. 21, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest takes Brooklyn for a spin”

Magnet, Sept. 20, 2018

” I’ve been to 42 shows this year, and I think seeing a sold out Union Transfer crowd belt out the chorus to ‘Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales’ was my favorite concert moment of the year so far. ”

–Tom Beck on The Key (Philadelphia), Sept. 19, 2018

“A sold out crowd at Union Transfer on Tuesday night was thrilled by a trio of bands capped off by a magnificent set by headliner Car Seat Headrest.”

–Pete Troshak on Rockin’ the ‘Burbs, Sept. 18, 2018

“Toledo somehow conveys his songs of teenage angst and young love with the demeanour of a man wise beyond his years.”

–Lee Ferguson on Bucket List, Sept. 12, 2018

“Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest is also one of these artists, and he ranks among them in greatness. ”

–Colin Aldridge on In the Record Store, Sept. 12, 2018

Photos: Car Seat Headrest at Newport Music Hall

–Matt Ellis on Columbus Underground, Sept. 11, 2018

Photo album of Car Seat Headrest at Majestic Theatre

–Megan Simpson on How Was It Detroit, Sept. 11, 2018

Photo Gallery: Car Seat Headrest at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio

–Ethan Clewell in The Lantern, Sept. 10, 2018

“Check out photos of Car Seat Headrest‘s show in Chicago with Naked Giants on Friday ”

–Cat Floria on Anchr Magazine, Sept. 10, 2018

“Will Toledo and the boys give the Windy City an epic, sweaty Friday night to remember”

–Heather Kaplan on Consequence of Sound, Sept. 8, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest Performs Show of the Year at First Avenue”

–Cameron Campbell on, Sept. 7, 2018

“Will Toledo has quickly become one of indie rock’s most-talked-about young artists, following up last year’s Matador breakthrough album with one of 2016’s most critically acclaimed releases, ‘Teens of Denial.'”

–Brian McCollum in the Detroit Free Press, Sept. 7, 2018

“The songs were greeted by an entire floor of pogoing fans, whose response transformed them into unifying rallying cries for anyone who needs to feel a part of something special.”

–Erik Thompson on CityPages (Minneapolis), Sept. 6, 2018

“…a prime example of Toledo’s evolution arrived earlier this year in a re-recorded version of 2011’s Twin Fantasy, which takes Toledo’s crude source material from the original release and pushes it into focus with tasteful production.”

–Joel Shanahan on Tone, Sept. 4, 2018

“Best of the Week”

–Chris Riemenschneider in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Sept. 1, 2018

Car Seat Headrest in the news – August 2018

“Kicking off their set with fan-favorite ‘Vincent,’ I was reminded of just how epic and huge Car Seat Headrest sound live, channeling an era when indie rock thoughtfulness could co-exist with commercial viability.”

–Philip Obenshain on No Country for New Nashville, August 20, 2018

“Seattle-based Car Seat Headrest…laid out several raw songs documenting young desire and heartbreak.”

–Morgan Yingling on Now Playing Nashville, August 17, 2018

“We saw more than one group of kids conga-lining through the audience during CSR’s undeniable ’16 breakthrough single ‘Fill in the Blank,’ shouting along to its rallying cry ‘You have no right to be depressed!'”

–The Spin on Nashville Scene, August 17, 2018


Car Seat Headrest in the news – July 2018

“…it’s yet another marker that his transformation from bedroom whisperer to bonafide rockstar is nearly complete.”

–Zack Ruskin in SF Weekly, July 20, 2018

“Spanning over an hour with these eight songs, Toledo and Co. have mastered the art of transporting their audience.”

–Joshua Huver on The Bay Bridged, July 20, 2018

“Cat Seat Headrest at the Crystal Ballroom July 15, 2018”

–Joe Duquette in Vortex Music Magazine (Portland), July 18, 2018

“QRO Concert Photo Gallery”

QRO Magazine (Des Moines), July 13, 2018

“Watch Car Seat Headrest Cover Death Grips’ ‘Black Paint'”

–Samantha Maine in NME Magazine, July 11, 2018

“For his latest undertaking, Toledo has hit us with an out-of-nowhere uppercut in the form of ‘Black Paint.'”

–Lake Schatz on Consequence of Sound, July 10, 2018

“Monday night at Quebec’s Impérial Bell, they wasted no time and opened their show with a Death Grips cover: ‘Black Paint,’ from this year’s Year of the Snitch.”

–Ellen Johnson on Paste Magazine, July 10, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest kicked off their gig last night at Impérial Bell in Quebec City with a surprising set opener: ‘Black Paint,’ a single from the new Death Grips album Year Of The Snitch.”

–Chris DeVille on Stereogum, July 10, 2018


Car Seat Headrest in the news – May 2018

“This is really the beauty of how Car Seat Headrest translate live: a genuine expression of completely real emotions that are packaged into incredibly accessible anthems, thanks to the refrains.”

–Lucas on People Who Do Things, May 25, 2018

“There’s nothing quite like seeing a crowd of grown adults go absolutely nuts for a band, and that was the reaction Car Seat Headrest triggered at the Roundhouse in London last night.”

Giglist, May 24, 2018

“Toledo…was able to handle the task with aplomb and humor.”

–Chris Morgan on Rawckus, May 23, 2018

“American Indie/Rock four-piece Car Seat Headrest come to Dublin to play as part of their European/US tour.”

Melosity’s Weekly Dublin Gig Guide, May 14, 2018

“Watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Highlight: Car Seat Headrest”, May 10, 2018

“Will Toledo delivers a shortened song with an expanded lineup ”

–Ben Kaye on Consequence of Sound, May 10, 2018

“Will Toledo and co. performed the near-seven-minute alt-rock jam in four minutes, cutting out a few bits here and there, and they even added some bongos.”

–Lizzie Manno on Paste Magazine, May 10, 2018

“At one point, Will Toledo paused the song to explain that while they normally do a big breakdown, they didn’t have enough time so they were going to skip straight to the final chorus.”

–Braudie Blais-Billie on Pitchfork, May 10, 2018

“And it’s probably also worth pointing out that the performance, even laying aside the meta-hijinks, was great, fiery and driving and committed and full of life.”

–Tom Breihan on Stereogum, May 10, 2018




Car Seat Headrest in the news – April 2018

“Car Seat Headrest’s live show set-up now includes an “electrifying” seven-piece band…featuring members of Naked Giants.”

–Abdiel Vallejo-Lopez on Paste, April 24, 2018

“…Will Toledo has announced a new run of fall tour dates that will see him play these updated songs for audiences across North America.”

–Lake Schatz on Consequence of Sound, April 24, 2018

“They’ll play two nights at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel on 9/14 & 9/15.”

–Bill Pearis on Brooklyn Vegan, April 24, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest have extended the tour behind their new album Twin Fantasy.”

–Braudie Blais-Billie on Pitchfork, April 24, 2018

“The crowd was dominated by diehard fans, evident in the amount of lyrics sung or shouted along with the band song after song.”

–Jens Hoifeldt on Fools Magazine, April 18, 2018

“…the two rockers molded together into a seven-piece super group to perform some choice cuts off of Car Seat Headrest’s discography.”

–Yasmin Ettobi in Northwest Music Scene,

Car Seat Headrest in the news – March 2018

“Pair that kind of heady aesthetic theory with some of the most breathtaking, complex, and masterfully constructed rock music of the last five years, and what you get is a record that feels not so much like the work of one band, but a raising of the collective bar.”

–J. Edward Keyes on Bandcamp, March 30, 2018

“Detroit DIY rocker Stef Chura…[has] already found a producer: none other than Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo.”

–Peter Helman on Stereogum, March 7, 2018

“The completely re-recorded album is crisper and roomier than its original form – all ten songs finally have leg room.”

–Jonathan Reynoso on Beat (Australia), March 4, 2018

“Besides the fact it’s simply awe-inspiring to witness musicians showing so much aptitude, in this instance, the inclusion of such a variety of instruments gave each song a real kick.”

–Gabrielle Vacher on Scenestr (Australia), March 3, 2018


Car Seat Headrest in the news – Feb. 2018

“It’s stellar — an unflagging glam-rock opus that surpasses the original.”

People, Feb. 28, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest has produced an excellent album that perfectly encompasses the fears that come with realizing the often-dark reality that is adulthood, while alluding to the singer’s hope for the future.”

–Gianluca Yong Gonzalez on Chicago Maroon, Feb. 26, 2018

“…he’s issued an important cover version. Will Toledo has covered Smash Mouth.”

–Lauren O’Neill on Noisey, Feb. 22, 2018

“It’s an incredibly vulnerable and autobiographical album, but Toledo wanted to show his intensity and fervor. He wanted to show these emotions in a different form, and ultimately, he succeeded on every level.”

–Grant Sharples in Vox Magazine, Feb. 21, 2018

“Despite Toledo’s Virginia upbringing and current base of operations in Seattle, Car Seat Headrest sound for all the world like part of a grand college rock tradition starting in New England and heading westward: Talking Heads, The Modern Lovers, Pixies, They Might be Giants.”

–Adam Blyweiss on Treble, Feb. 20, 2018

“The best part of Car Seat Headrest’s new (old) album, Twin Fantasy is that it manages to convert the mundane into the grandiose, and the grandiose into the mundane.”

–Seth Stevens on 90.7 the Capstone (Univ. of Alabama), Feb. 20, 2018

“Toledo has not just developed into a fantastic songwriter, but one of the best in his entire generation.”

–Nate Bramel in Vinyl Magazine, Feb. 19, 2018

“Rarely does a piece of music encompass so much raw emotion with such relatability in such a satisfied way; while retaining ambitious but clear structures and displaying instrumentally depth and complexity.”

–Ed Cunningham in The 405, Feb. 19, 2018

“Somehow Toledo has managed to break the shackles to create a euphoric, festival-ready rock ‘n’ roll record while still maintaining the scuzzy, boy next door, coming-of-age angst that deservedly won him such a unique blend of cult and critical acclaim.”

–George O’Brien in London in Stereo, Feb. 19, 2018

“…the last time any piece of music resonated so powerfully with me was when I came across some amateur Bandcamp album called ‘Twin Fantasy.'”

–Alberto on Highclouds, Feb. 18, 2018

“There is a daring quality to frontman Will Toledo’s songwriting. ”

–Martin Douglas on KEXP (Seattle), Feb. 16, 2018

“With the new Twin Fantasy, Toledo has done the unimaginable: created a reboot that matches its original in tone, passion, and excitement…Grade: A”

–David Brusie on A.V. Club, Feb. 16, 2018

“This is an album to fall in love with, one that feels like a genuine discovery.”

–Max James Hill on Northern Transmissions, Feb. 16, 2018

“Even as he looks back, Toledo is moving forward.”

–Jeremy Winograd on Slant Magazine, Feb. 16, 2018

“In a reworking of the band’s lo-fi cult sixth album, Will Toledo subtly polishes the Car Seat Headrest sound to make a good record great.”

–Finbarr Bermingham on The Skinny, Feb. 16, 2018

“Twin Fantasy leaves no doubt that Toledo is a strikingly gifted and thoughtful songwriter, who also has a firm grasp of how to make his material work in the studio and isn’t afraid to think on a grand scale.”

–Mark Deming on AllMusic, Feb. 16, 2018

“…Car Seat Headrest increasingly feel like a significant band, and Toledo like an unusual and compelling voice.”

–Michael Hann on The Guardian, Feb. 16, 2018

“This honest and uncompromising reflection of teenage uncertainty and self-doubt feels like Toledo’s reflection on his younger self, re-imagined and now guided by and older, enlightened self.”

–Georgia Evans on GIGsoup, Feb. 16, 2018

“The result, really, is somewhere close to how a ‘Twin Fantasy’ live album might have turned out sounding…”

–Joe Goggins on Loud and Quiet, Feb. 16, 2018

“Listen to Car Seat Headrest’s New Album Twin Fantasy”

–Michelle Kim on Pitchfork, Feb. 16, 2018

“…a blistering rock record of tremendous scope and heft, richly detailed and overflowing with memorable melodies. It is Car Seat Headrest’s first masterpiece.”

–J. Edward Keyes on bandcamp daily, Feb. 16, 2018

“These lyrical alterations make for a cool effect, as if we’re seeing the evolution of Will Toledo over the past seven years play out in recorded form.”

–Ben Salmon on Paste, Feb. 16, 2018

“Here It Is, Smash Mouth Covering Car Seat Headrest”

–Gabriela Tully Claymore on Stereogum, Feb. 15, 2018

“That Car Seat Headrest and Smash Mouth reciprocal covers project is actually happening”

–Jay Gabler on The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), Feb. 14, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest and Smash Mouth’s long-rumored collaboration arrives this Thursday”

–Randall Colburn on Consequence of Sound, Feb. 13, 2018

“It started as some mutual admiration and turned into a real-life collaboration, and on Thursday all hell will break loose when Smash Mouth and Car Seat Headrest’s covers of each other’s songs will be released.”

–James Rettig on Stereogum, Feb. 13, 2018

“…this record – even the longest tracks – is punchy, witty and razor sharp.”

–Finbarr Bermingham on The Skinny, Feb. 13, 2018

“New artist of the week: Car Seat Headrest”

–Niall Byrne on The Irish Times, Feb. 10, 2018

“Howard Stern has recruited artists like Garbage, Billy Corgan, Car Seat Headrest and Greta Van Fleet to record David Bowie songs for an all-star tribute to the late icon.”

–Daniel Kreps in Rolling Stone, Feb. 6, 2018

“Artists that contributed covers to the program include Car Seat Headrest (‘Ashes to Ashes’), Garbage (‘Starman’), Billy Corgan (‘Space Oddity’), Bleachers (‘Ziggy Stardust’), Jade Bird (‘Quicksand’), and more.”

–Noah Yoo on Pitchfork, Feb. 6, 2018

“The atypical anatomy of “Ashes to Ashes” isn’t lost on Will Toledo, frontman for Seattle-based indie rock band Car Seat Headrest, which covered the cut for the Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie.”, Feb. 6, 2018

Car Seat Headrest have shared a new track called ‘My Boy (Twin Fantasy).'”

–Braudie Blais-Billie on Pitchfork, Feb. 6, 2018

“The latest track to be reworked is the album’s opener, ‘My Boy,’ and pardon the repetition, but boy, oh boy does it sound better.”

–Sophie Israelsohn on Stereogum, Feb. 6, 2018

“Car Seat Headrest: Locals Only Artist of the Month, February 2018”

107.7 The End (Seattle), Feb. 2, 2018

“It’s a level of maturity and worldly awareness that belies his age, Toledo’s lyrical precociousness amounting to something of an indie rock Rimbaud.”

–Cole Waterman on Pop Matters, Feb. 1, 2018