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. Toledo’s catalogue is sharp, literary, and culturally omnivorous as it touches upon youth and death, love and depression, drunken parties and 2nd century theologians. Ever surprising, his lyrical imagery ranges from playful to sexually frank to sorrowful, often within the same song.
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, and the sound is vibrant and powerful, with a wide stylistic range.
On Teens of Style, Toledo has taken material from the first three years of the band’s existence and reworked it to generate some of the most realised arrangements to date. 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.
With Teens of Denial, his first real “studio” album with an actual band, Will Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic- rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor. This is the first full album of new music from Car Seat Headrest, released in 2016 on Matador.
Toledo revisited Twin Fantasy, his 2011 Bandcamp album, for a “re-recorded and re-imagined” version, which came out in February 2018 on Matador. Something for the fans, new and old alike, the release saw Toledo re-examining his past, fan-favourite project, and overcoming the limitations he faced first time around, when he was recording himself on a laptop.
Will Toledo directed the video for the second single ‘Nervous Young Inhumans’
He released a live album ‘Commit Yourself Completely’ in 2019.
Car Seat Headrest shared the first single ‘Can’t Cool Me Down’, a staple of their live sets over the past year, from the forthcoming album, Making A Door Less Open, which is set for release May 1 on Matador Records. It is the first set of brand-new songs since 2016’s Teens Of Denial. Second single ‘Martin’ from the album is out now.