Car Seat Headrest, a solo project turned four-piece band, digitally released their second album under Matador Records, entitled Teens of Denial, last Friday. After much initial praise, including being named Pitchfork's "Best New Album," the grunge-and-pop-influenced rock group played at Rough Trade NYC the next night to a sold out crowd.
For a former solo act that focused on releasing music over touring (Toledo released 11 albums on Bandcamp under the Car Seat Headrest moniker before getting signed), the Seattle-based band are naturals at playing live. Their infectious energy comes through in everything from their music, their dance moves, and their humor in between songs ("New York is called the City of Dreams, right?" — according to Wikipedia, it is).
Car Seat Headrest is a band I'm most definitely looking forward to seeing again live when they come back to New York in July. And with Toledo's impressive track record of cranking out album after album, it seems no one will have to wait too long until Car Seat Headrest releases even more quality music.