Category Archives: Car Seat Headrest

Listen to ‘My Boy’

Car Seat Headrest has unveiled another preview from forthcoming new album Twin Fantasy – a re-recorded, re-imagined new version of the 2011 self-released Bandcamp masterpiece of the same name – which will be released February 16th on Matador Records. The track was featured as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1.

Album opener ‘My Boy (Twin Fantasy)’ commences with the sparse declaration of “my boy, we don’t see each other much,” and blossoms into a towering climax, with the life-affirming mantra of “It’ll take some time, but somewhere down the line / We won’t be alone” standing as the statement-of-intent for the record’s exhilarating, adventurous sonic and emotional world. Continue reading

Car Seat Headrest announces ‘Twin Fantasy’

Car Seat Headrest fans, new and old alike, will be elated to learn that Will Toledo’s 2011’s Bandcamp masterpiece, Twin Fantasy, has been re-recorded and re-imagined and will come out on February 16th, 2018 on Matador Records.

With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its explosive and revelatory live show to New Zealand in early 2018 for Auckland City Limits on March 3rd, 2018 at Western Springs. Toledo and his band of troubadours first stepped foot in New Zealand for last year’s Laneway Festival in Auckland, proving to the southern hemisphere they are not ones to be missed! ACL festival details can be found here. Continue reading

CAR SEAT HEADREST Teens Of Denial Out digitally Friday 20 May (LPs and CDs delayed)



Statement from Matador Records:

Dear Media, Friends, Fans, etc,

We were so inspired by Radiohead and Beyoncé’s recent success with surprise albums outta-the-blue that we decided to do the REVERSE with Car Seat Headrest’s hotly anticipated Teens Of Denial; instead, we’re pulling the LP and CD versions from circulation on the eve of the album’s release.

OK, sorry.  The real story is a little more complicated and a lot more of a hassle.  We’d love to blame it on someone else, but for once, we can’t.  

Official legal statement below, official Will Toledo-penned statement below that, photo of thousands of recalled Teens of Denial LPs below that.

Matador Records


The physical release date for the Car Seat Headrest album Teens Of Denial has been pushed back from May 20 to later in the US summer due to a recall of physical product, so that a song containing elements of a composition by Ric Ocasek (of The Cars) could be removed and replaced. Matador had negotiated for a license in good faith months ago, only to be told last week that the publisher involved was not authorized to complete the license in the United States, and that Ric Ocasek preferred that his work not be included in the song. Matador regrets that it was not informed of this much earlier, and has made changes to respect Mr. Ocasek’s wishes.


Statement from Car Seat Headrest:

Life happens and sometimes not in ideal ways. If you’ve heard anything about the new album, then you’re probably aware that one of its songs made use of The Cars song “Just What I Needed.” Now, obviously, when we called the record ‘done’ and sent it off to be printed, we were working in full confidence that we had the legal side of it all worked out. We found out last week that this was not the case. I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of email chains and invested parties; suffice it to say that Matador (and I) were neither pulling a Banksy nor operating in ignorance of the law, but that we truly believed we had the issue resolved months ago, until last week.

As you may have heard, vinyl is being pulled from stores right now. There’s a total recall out, and all copies with the original version of the song will be destroyed. Nevertheless, Teens of Denial WILL COME OUT ON MAY 20TH, at least digitally. I spent the last 48 hours working on an alternate cut of the track, which is now called “Not What I Needed”. It’s not merely an edit – it is its own thing, about half a minute longer than the original track, and goes in a much different direction. Honestly, despite the apparent clusterfuck, I had fun doing it, and I think it’s a stronger song now. In any case I’ve grown up accustomed to working on an album right up to its drop date, so this is not a freak-out scenario for me. The album is going to come out on time and it’s going to be good.

The physical release will not come out on time, obviously. We’ll likely see a street date of sometime in July. I’m very sorry to everyone who was anticipating a preorder (it does sound GREAT on vinyl). It will be in your hands eventually. But it was very important to me that we keep the digital release for May. We’ve all been waiting long enough. Most of my music only exists online anyways, so it makes sense that this album should start the same way.

Thanks for your continued support, and I am very excited for this fucking record to come out already.

-Will Toledo

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Car Seat Headrest Announces New Album ‘Teens Of Denial’ (Matador)

Carseat Head Rest, Photo By Anna Webber

Carseat Head Rest, Photo By Anna Webber

Matador Records is excited to announce that it will release Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial on May 20th. Teens of Denial is the thirteenth album in Car Seat Headrest’s (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) oeuvre, second on Matador, and first to be recorded in a proper studio with a full band and producer (Steve Fisk).

After teasing Teens of Denial in February with the release of single “Vincent,” today Car Seat Headrest drops its second single off Denial, the hugely hooky “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales.” Says Toledo, the song is about “post-party melancholia. Wishing to either be a better person or care less about the whole deal. Going home alone, in poor condition. The ‘killer whales’ bit is inspired by Blackfish, which is a depressing film.” Continue reading

Car Seat Headrest Debut Second Single ‘Times To Die’ & Lyric Video


Matador Records recently announced their signing of Car Seat Headrest, and today share a new single off the forthcoming album Teens Of Style (out October 30) titled “Times To Die.” The almost 7-minute track applies breakbeat cut-ups and lowrider-style horns to a neo-psych jam filled with lyrical meditations about the Book of Job, Judaism, Hinduism, and the record business (he rhymes “devil” with “demo!”). The artwork seen in the “Times To Die” lyric video (as well as the Teens of Style album art) was inspired by William Blake’s “The Grave.” Continue reading

Car Seat Headrest ‘Teens Of Style’ Album Announcement & “Something Soon” Video


Watch Something Soon here:

CAR SEAT HEADREST’s new single “Something Soon” was included in Stereogum’s 5 Best Songs of the week.

Nerdist analyzed Prince’s statement about this being a “bad time for music” using CSH as an example of why it’s not. Read all about it HERE. Continue reading