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Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest, 100 Club, 2016.jpgWill Toledo performing with Car Seat Headrest at 100 Club in London, England in June 2016
Background information
OriginLeesburg, Virginia, United States
GenresIndie rock, lo-fi pop
Years active2010–present
  • Will Toledo
  • Ethan Ives
  • Andrew Katz
  • Seth Dalby

Car Seat Headrest is an American indie rock band originally from Leesburg, Virginia, United States, currently based in Seattle, Washington. Begun as a solo recording project in 2010 by Will Barnes (born August 23, 1992), known professionally as Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest released 12 albums on the music platform Bandcamp. Signed to Matador Records in 2015, Car Seat Headrest began a tour in 2016 presenting material from their latest album Teens of Denial as a full band. Toledo's work is notable for its large online cult following. The group has received attention from publications including Pitchfork,[1] Rolling Stone,[2] The New Yorker and Paste,[3] amongst others.[4]


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 2010–14: Bandcamp beginnings, Twin Fantasy
    • 1.2 2015–present: Matador, Teens of Style, Teens of Denial
  • 2 Style
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Studio albums
      • 3.1.1 Compilation albums
      • 3.1.2 Extended plays
    • 3.2 Singles
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

2010–14: Bandcamp beginnings, Twin Fantasy

Car Seat Headrest began as the project of Will Toledo, who chose the name "Car Seat Headrest" due to his decision to record the vocals of his first albums in the back seat of his car for privacy. Toledo's production has gradually grown less lo-fi, but he still remains an effective example of the DIY ethic.

Toledo saw a large influx of new fans with his 2011 release Twin Fantasy, which has become the most popular of his self-released albums.

2015–present: Matador, Teens of Style, Teens of Denial

In September 2015, Car Seat Headrest announced on his Facebook page that he had signed an album deal with Matador Records. In October 2015, Car Seat Headrest released the compilation album Teens of Style under the label, his first album that was not self-released via Bandcamp.

A new album created with traditional studio processes, Teens of Denial, was released on May 20, 2016.[5]


AllMusic biographer Mark Deming wrote that Car Seat Headrest created "moody and introspective lo-fi pop tunes that are melodic but structurally ambitious at once".[6] Deputy News Editor of Pitchfork Jeremy Gordon states on new album Teens of Denial "Will Toledo reaffirms that he is ahead of the pack as an imaginative singer-songwriter, capable of crafting dynamic indie rock." [7]

Compilation albums

  • Little Pieces of Paper With "No" Written on Them (2010)
  • Disjecta Membra (2013)[16]

Extended plays

  • Starving While Living (2012)[17]
  • How to Leave Town (2014)[18]


  1. ^ "Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. October 28, 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  2. ^ Hermes, Will (2015-11-02). "Car Seat Headrest Teens Of Style Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  3. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015 :: Music :: Lists :: Paste". Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Car Seat Headrest Grows up on Bandcamp". The New Yorker. November 2, 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  5. ^ Coming May 20 : Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial. March 24, 2016. Matador Records.
  6. ^ Deming, Mark. "Car Seat Headrest | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard 200". 
  9. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard Alternative Albums". 
  10. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard Heatseekers". 
  11. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard Independent Albums". 
  12. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Billboard Rock Albums". 
  13. ^ "Discografie Car Seat Headrest". Hung Medien. 
  14. ^ "Dutch Charts - Car Seat Headrest". Archived from the original on 2016-09-16. 
  15. ^ Peaks of Car Seat Headrest in the United Kingdom:
    • All except noted: "Car Seat Headrest UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
    • Teens of Denial: "CHART: CLUK Update 16.07.2016 (wk28)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ Elliot, Sean (2013-08-31). "Nervous Young Man by Car Seat Headrest". The Daily Album. Archived from the original on 2016-06-23. Retrieved 2016-05-30. 
  17. ^ "Starving While Living | Car Seat Headrest". Retrieved 2016-05-30. 
  18. ^ "How To Leave Town | Car Seat Headrest". Retrieved 2016-05-30. 
  19. ^ "Car Seat Headrest - Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Car Seat Headrest – No Passion". Discogs. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: SubModern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Car Seat Headrest – Times To Die". Discogs. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "Car Seat Headrest – Vincent". Discogs. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  24. ^ "Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales". Discogs. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  25. ^ "Car Seat Headrest – Fill In The Blank". Discogs. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  26. ^ "Car Seat Headrest – Destroyed By Hippie Powers". Discogs. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Bandcamp Page
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