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Faces From The Masquerade

    On March 28th-30th 2022, Car Seat Headrest played three consecutive sold out nights at Brooklyn Steel in New York. An air of celebration, community and showmanship was present, made all the more palpable as the shows were far from a certainty - they took place amidst a year which saw the band having to postpone or cancel a large swath of their North American tour dates due to ongoing health issues.

    The three night residency is captured on Faces From The Masquerade - a double album’s worth of live performances that finds Car Seat Headrest at their most playful, exuberant and precision honed. The title alludes to the by now familiar, custom-made gas mask worn by frontman Will Toledo at shows, complete with an expressive LED display for eyes. In addition to the group’s four core members - Toledo, guitarist/backing vocalist Ethan Ives, bassist Seth Dalby and drummer Andrew Katz - they were joined on the tour by keyboard player Ben Roth.



    TRACK LISTING

    1. Crows
    2. Weightlifters
    3. Fill In The Blank
    4. Hymn
    5. Hollywood
    6. Bodys
    7. Something Soon
    8. 1937 State Park
    9. Sober To Death
    10. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
    11. It’s My Child (I’ll Do What I Like)
    12. Can’t Cool Me Down
    13. Beach Life-In-Death
    14. Deadlines

    Car Seat Headrest

    Making A Door Less Open

      Created over the course of four years, Making a Door Less Open is the result of a fruitful “collaboration” between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo’s alternative persona, “Trait.” To realize this, the band recorded the album twice: once live with guitars, drums and bass, and once in a MIDI environment using purely synthesized sounds. During the mixing process, the two approaches were gradually combined using elements of each, with additional overdubs.

      In this way, Making A Door Less Open sees Toledo embarking on new and imaginative roads to songwriting and recording, placing emphasis on the individual songs, each with its own “special energy,” rather than attempting to draw a coherent storyteller narrative through the album as he has in the past , resulting in his most dynamic and open-ended work to date.

      Comprised of Will Toledo, Andrew Katz (drums), Ethan Ives (guitar) and Seth Dalby (bass), Car Seat Headrest has either released 11 or three albums to date, depending on the way you look at it. A prolific songwriter, Toledo took his moniker from making early recordings in the private environment of his family’s car, releasing a dozen self-recorded and produced albums on Bandcamp and building a tight-knit following. Toledo has since gone from an empty five-seater to selling out tours and filling festival main stages. 2015’s Teens of Style was a collection of songs from his early years. The band’s proper Matador debut, Teens of Denial, followed in 2016 and catapulted them to overnight commercial success and widespread critical acclaim, as well as highlighting Toledo as a prodigious lyricist. 2018’s Twin Fantasy, an epic re-imagination of an album originally released in 2011, demonstrated newfound scale, depth and ambition.

      TRACK LISTING

      Vinyl
      Weightlifters
      Can’t Cool Me Down
      Hollywood
      There Must Be More Than Blood
      Hymn
      Deadlines
      Martin
      What’s With You Lately
      Life Worth Missing
      Famous

      CD
      Weightlifters
      Can’t Cool Me Down
      Hollywood
      Martin
      Hymn (Remix)
      There Must Be More Than Blood
      Deadlines
      What’s With You Lately
      Life Worth Missing
      Famous
      Deadlines (Alternate Acoustic)
      Hollywood (Acoustic)

      Will Toledo always knew he would return to Twin Fantasy. He never did complete the work. Not really. Never could square his grand ambitions against his mechanical limitations. Listen to his first attempt, recorded at nineteen on a cheap laptop, and you’ll hear what Brian Eno fondly calls “the sound of failure” - thrilling, extraordinary, and singularly compelling failure. Will’s first love, rendered in the vivid teenage viscera of stolen gin, bruised shins, and weird sex, was an event too momentous for the medium assigned to record it.

      On the heels of the smashing success of Teens of Denial, Car Seat Headrest will release a new version of Twin Fantasy. “It was never a finished work,” Will says, “and it wasn’t until last year that I figured out how to finish it.” He has, now, the benefit of a bigger budget, a full band in fine form, and endless time to tinker. According to him, it took eight months of mixing just to get the drums right. But this is no shallow second take, sanitized in studio and scrubbed of feeling. This is the album he always wanted to make. It sounds the way he always wanted it to sound.

      It’s been hard, stepping into the shoes of his teenage self, walking back to painful places. There are lyrics he wouldn’t write again, an especially sad song he regards as an albatross. But even as he carries the weight of that younger, wounded Will, he moves forward. He grows. He revises, gently, the songs we love so much. In the album’s final moments, in those apologies to future me’s and you’s, there is more forgiveness than fury.

      This, Will says, is the most vital difference between the old and the new: he no longer sees his own story as a tragedy.

      TRACK LISTING

      2CD TRACKLISTING
      CD1 (TWIN FANTASY)
      My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
      Beach Life-In-Death
      Stop Smoking (We Love You)
      Sober To Death
      Nervous Young Inhumans
      Bodys
      Cute Thing
      High To Death
      Famous Prophets (Stars)
      Twin Fantasy (Those Boys)

      CD2 (TWIN FANTASY - MIRROR TO MIRROR)
      My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
      Beach Life-In-Death
      Stop Smoking
      Sober To Death
      Nervous Young Inhumans
      Bodys
      Cute Thing
      High To Death
      Famous Prophets (Minds)
      Twin Fantasy (Those Boys)

      2LP TRACKLISTING
      My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
      Beach Life-In-Death
      Stop Smoking (We Love You)
      Sober To Death
      Nervous Young Inhumans
      Bodys
      Cute Thing
      High To Death
      Famous Prophets (Stars)
      Twin Fantasy (Those Boys)

      Car Seat Headrest

      Teens Of Style

        Matador Records are thrilled to announce the signing of Car Seat Headrest and the release of ‘Teens Of Style’, with ‘Teens Of Denial’ to follow soon after in 2016.

        This prolific artist (also known as Will Toledo) comes to Matador having already crafted an 11-album catalogue of staggering depth, all self-released digitally, gaining him an obsessive following and over 25,000 downloads - all without the muscle of a manager, label, agent, or publicist - until now.

        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 theologian. 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 line up 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 realized 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.

        The longest track on ‘Teens Of Style’, ‘Times To Die’ is just under seven minutes, applying breakbeat cut-ups and ‘Low Rider’ horns to a groove-driven neo-psych jam with lyrics about Judaism, Hinduism and the record business. Similarly, ‘Maud Gone’ is a wistful 60s-inspired pop number paying homage to Yeats’ unrequited love, while the intricate party track ‘Los Borrachos’ borrows its title from the Diego Velasquez painting.

        Car Seat Headrest’s conceptual ambition and stunning songwriting has been apparent since its early days of laptop recording, the scale of Toledo’s vision going far beyond the constricting ‘lo-fi’ term. Now on his Matador Records debut we witness Toledo presenting his intricate ideas with more clarity and refinement than ever, delivering an enthralling collection of songs destined for wide acclaim.

        “Toledo’s commitment to giving listeners a direct line to his inner monologue is the kind of thing that inspires hardcore fanhood - the ability to get lost in Toledo’s work is the entire point.” - Pitchfork

        “Crazy impressive - catchy, thoughtful, and inventive” - Brooklyn Vegan

        “A major new talent… his music is beguiling and easy to get lost in” - NME

        TRACK LISTING

        Sunburned Shirts
        The Drum
        Something Soon
        No Passion
        Times To Die
        Psst, Teenagers, Take Off your Clo
        Strangers
        Maud Gone
        Los Borrachos (I Don't Have Any Hope Left, But the Weather Is Nice)
        Bad Role Models, Old Idols Exhumed (psst, teenagers, Put Your clothes Back O)
        Oh! Starving


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