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Get Familiar with Car Seat Headrest and Get Out of Your Rut with the Video for "Something Soon"

The new Matador signee's album 'Teens of Style' is out October 30.

Kyle Kramer

Kyle Kramer


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As a teenager growing up in Northern Virginia, Will Toledo began his music career by recording in his family car and uploading his rambling, lo-fi songs to Bandcamp. He's put out 11 albums of material as Car Seat Headrest via the site, and now he's ready to upgrade: He moved to Seattle last year and signed a deal with Matador, who will be releasing a retrospective project of full band versions of his songs called Teens of Style.

"Something Soon" is the first of these: Where the original sounded like Toledo was recording in a stairwell that he'd just thrown all his instruments down, the new version is a tight piece of fully fledged, guitar-driven power pop. What's unchanged is Toledo's sharp songwriting, which perfectly captures the frustration of feeling trapped in your current circumstances: "I want to romanticize my headfuck" Toledo sings at one point, more or less offering a mission statement for his music. It's moody but pointed.

The video, filmed on Seattle-adjacent Bainbridge Island and directed by Jason Reid, plays into that anxious energy. "The gang find a spooky abandoned house and Will dies" is how it's eloquently described on YouTube. Teens of Style, is out October 30, and a follow-up project of new material called Teens of Denial is due next spring. The band is heading on tour this fall. Check out tour dates, the Teens of Style tracklist (see if you can spot your faves!), and the video for "Something Soon" below:

Teens of Style tracklist:

1. Sunburned Shirts
2. The Drum
3. Something Soon
4. No Passion
5. Times to Die
6. psst, teenagers, take off your clo
7. Strangers
8. Maud Gone
9. Los Borrachos (I Don't Have Any Hope Left, But the Weather is Nice)
10. Bad Role Models, Old Idols Exhumed (psst, teenagers, put your clothes back o)

Car Seat Headrest Tour Dates:

10/14 - New York, NY - CMJ at Pianos (Kanine / Collide Party)
10/14 - New York, NY - CMJ at Santo’s Partyhouse (NME Party)
10/15 - New York, NY - CMJ at Cake Shop (NYC Taper Party)
10/16 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Party)
10/16 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard Party)
10/17 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Space 89 (Urban Outfitters Party)
11/27 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry*
11/28 - Madison, WI - The Frequency*
11/29 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
11/30 - Detroit, MI - The Loving Touch*
12/1 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
12/2 - Montreal, QC - Le Ritz
12/4 - Cambridge, MA - The Lizard Lounge*
12/5 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right*
12/6 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s*
12/7 - Washington, DC - DC9*
12/8 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter*
12/10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
12/11 - Nashville, TN - High Watt*
12/12 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo*

*with NE-HI

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