Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial
Say what you will about Millennials, but at least in speaking about Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo, his work ethic and DIY attitude are right up there with any of the pioneering punk bands of the late ‘70s/early’80s. Even before securing a spot on Matador Records’ roster, he had self-released eight records since 2010.
His second album on a proper label, Teens of Denial, goes a long way to cement his reputation as not just prolific, but talented as well. From the opening track, the indie pop stunner “Fill in the Blank” to the noise rocker “Destroyed By Hippie Powers” all the way through to the mellow “Joe Goes to College,” Car Seat Headrest cherry picks the best attributes from bands like Pavement, Modest Mouse and early Radiohead for a solid collection that serves as a great introduction to those outside the northwest who are just now discovering him.
Toledo’s experimentation gets a little distracting from time to time (like on the more than two-minute long guitar and bell intro to “Vincent” that just comes off as being quirky for the sake of quirkiness), but over all a satisfyingly fresh take on indie pop/rock. And if history is any predictor, by the time you’ve finished reading this review he likely has three more albums set to release.