Car Seat Headrest is the product of a Leesburg Virginia native, Will Toledo. Toledo began his musical career by publishing songs and records on Bandcamp as Car Seat Headrest before being signed by the venerable indie label, Matador. His label debut, Teens of Style, was released in 2015 and featured such powerful songs as “Something Soon.”
Toledo’s vulnerable and raw songs and performances began to gain traction in the indie scene and he and his group’s follow-up to Teens of Style, Teens of Denial, was released in May of this year.
I became familiar with Car Seat Headrest through their Tiny Desk Performance and was hooked on first listen.
Conjuring such diverse influences as Elliot Smith, Joy Division, and Weezer, Car Seat Headrest has quickly become one of my favorite musical groups. Toledo encapsulates what it is like to be a young adult in the 21st century and the psychological distresses of the rather generalized “millennials.”
Teens of Denial is an easy 4/5 stars and I highly recommend a listen to at least the single off the record “Vincent.”