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Car Seat Headrest today announces Commit Yourself Completely – a new nine-track live album that will be released only via digital means June 17th. Culled from performances across the UK, US and France, the nine-track album spans material from 2016’s breakout Teens Of Denial and 2018’s reimagined epic Twin Fantasy – as well as the first officially released recording of longtime live staple ‘Ivy’ by Frank Ocean. A filmed version of the performance of ‘Fill In The Blank’ which appears on the album, recorded in Columbus, Ohio,

“This is a compilation of songs from shows we played in 2018,” says Will Toledo. “We recorded every show we did that year, and I went through about 50 of them to get the final tracklist for this album. This isn’t necessarily the best possible version of each track, but it’s some of the most fun we’ve had on stage. I particularly remember the show we did in the small French town of Amiens, maybe the smallest show we did that year, and how great it felt to be up in people’s faces with everyone plugging in to the music right away. The recordings we made of the shows came out very clean, so rather than try to artificially recreate how it sounded in the different venues night to night, I tried to give the whole album that in-your-face feeling, like we’re playing the songs right in front of you. When you’re onstage with everything happening at once, you never really know what it sounds like in the room anyways; all you know is how the music is feeling. Hopefully this will give you a sense of what these shows felt like.”

A snapshot of the 7-person lineup featuring members of Naked Giants experienced by crowds worldwide over the last two years, Commit Yourself Completely offers a visceral, loose and ebullient take on these much-loved songs, as well as an an incandescent capstone of a formative touring period as Car Seat Headrest readies his next studio album. Musicians featured on the album are Will Toledo (vocals), Seth Dalby (bass), Ethan Ives (guitar, vocals), Andrew Katz (drums, vocals), Grant Mullen (guitar, vocals) Gianni Aiello (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Henry LaVallee (additional percussion).

From Car Seat Headrest’s live album ‘Commit Yourself Completely’ released June 17th on Matador Records

‘Commit Yourself Completely’


1. Cosmic Hero (Live at the Tramshed, Cardiff, Wales)
2. Fill In The Blank (Live at Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH)
3. Drugs With Friends (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)
4. Bodys (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)
5. Cute Thing (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)
6. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)
7. Destroyed By Hippie Powers (Live at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR)
8. Ivy (live at the Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA)
9. Beach Life-in-Death (Live at Crossroads, KC, Kansas City, MO)

photo by kris fuentes cortes

Car Seat Headrest have shared an acoustic cover of the Smiths classic song “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore.” A representative for the band have confirmed the legitimacy of the recording. In addition to his own output singer-songwriter Will Toledo has covered some of rock’s biggest names. Last year, alongside his stellar album “Teens Of Denial” album, he offered updates on David Bowie’s “Blackstar” Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android, and Sufjan Stevens’ “Impossible Soul” .

Take a listen below. The song originally appeared on the Smiths’ second album, Meat is Murder, released in 1985. Last month, Car Seat Headrest toured the UK behind their excellent 2016 album “Teens Of Denial” , which was one of our best albums of 2016 .


Teens of Denial is the thirteenth album in Car Seat Headrest’s (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) and the second on Matador Records, and the first to be recorded in a proper studio with a full band and producer (Steve Fisk). On Denial, 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. By turns tender and caustic, empathetic and solipsistic, literary and vernacular, profound and profane, self-loathing and self-aggrandizing, he conjures a specifically 21st century mindset, a product of information overload, the loneliness it can foster, and the escape music can provide. At the heart of the album sits the 11:32 Ballad of the Costa Concordia, which has more musical ideas than most whole albums (and at that length, it uses them all). Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy. The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood.

Will plays guitar while a guy has a bad time. From the new album “Teens Of Denial”,

A dapper Will Toledo and his band made their network TV debut on last night’s Late Show, performing “Fill in the Blank,” the opener from their excellent record Teens of Denial. Car Seat Headrest were “decent at best,” at least to hear their taped-up bass drum tell it.

Truth be told, the performance is a little rough around the edges, but it’s a joy to see a talented band making good—there’s no question this appearance will introduce Toledo and co., who have thus far built most of their following on the internet, to a whole new, TV-watching audience.

Watch Car Seat Headrest “Fill in the Blank” above, and find out where Teens of Denial landed on Paste’s list of the year’s best albums so far

Car Seat Headrest by Philip Cosores

Since Will Toledo’s 2015 breakthrough, Teens of Style, he’s been playing to growing crowds (including at Hype Hotel) and prepping a proper follow-up LP,  titled Teens Of Denial from which comes this new single. “Both gutsily-honest and damned catchy,” . in a few weeks, Matador will release Car Seat Headrest’s new album, and expectations loom large and heavy. I was really writing full songs, or before I knew how to play any musical instruments, I was writing lyrics and coming up with fake tracklists for albums.” He got his first guitar in junior high, and by the time he got to high school he’d filled a journal and half with song ideas. Next, it was a laptop and a drum kit with which he started making albums, giving them to his friends when they were completed. “It wasn’t really making an impact, and people weren’t listening to it,” he says. “So I started Car Seat Headrest just as a purely online thing.”


How’s this for a generational statement: Will Toledo is a depressed, directionless fuck-up with nothing to show for himself besides his good taste and incisive wit, both of which he liberally applies to the mountainous terrain that is guitar-driven indie-rock history until he’s chiseled his own dour visage into the landscape, Mount Rushmore style. Even though Car Seat Headrest’s Bandcamp page is more than a dozen releases deep, the momentous Teens Of Denial feels like a coming-out party for slacker music’s latest poet laureate. Just when his genre seemed to have fizzled out, Toledo has grabbed the torch from his heroes and set it ablaze again.

Car Seat Headrest — Teens of Denial

Car Seat Headrest was one of the favorite new acts last year, finally breaking into the public consciousness after making 13 albums self-recorded albums in a five-year period. Today, he announced that he’ll stay on his prolific pace by setting his new LP, Teens of Denial, for a May 20th release via Matador Records. For context, his outstanding Teens of Style came out just five months ago, when we profiled him in Bands to watch.

The first single “Vincent,” with you, and as “Vincent” is chaotic, “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales,” the album’s second single, is equally heartrending. Will Toledo, the songwriting engine behind Car Seat Headrest, said 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.” Check out the music video below.

From the album “Teens Of Denial” out May 20th