Do you think you’ll keep producing records? “Deadlines” appears in three separate takes across those formats; the lyrics on the vinyl version are about “a struggling writer who’s not creating content the way that they want to,” while the digital verses have more to do with “human connections, and the anxiety and exhilaration of meeting someone.”, Toledo steeled himself for the low moment that he knew would follow the album’s completion. At age 19, Will Toledo, under the alias of Car Seat Headrest, composed the album Twin Fantasy. 306. The Stef Chura record that you produced, that was really cool. Formed . 7 comments. The material I’m working on right now, there’s sort of a spread of lengths of songs that are in the pool right now, but they’re all sort of concerned with that mentality — if there’s a way to make this shorter and more succinct and more direct, let’s do it, and I think that’s where my mind needs to be, because after years of writing these longer pieces, I sort of naturally write longer pieces, and if you’re not careful about that that can lead to a lot of bloat and less interesting material. Will Toledo Ethan Ives Andrew Katz Seth Dalby . I hadn’t heard of Car Seat Headrest when I started this magazine in early 2015 — Will’s first Car Seat Headrest album on Matador Records, Teens of Style, would come out later that year— but now it feels like things have come full circle, like this magazine was created specifically to consider him and his work. https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/이달의-소녀/_x-x/ https://rateyourmusic.com/collection/defnotwilltoledo/recent Tue, 09 Apr 2019 19:40:39 +0000 Car Seat Headrest discography and songs: Music profile for Car Seat Headrest, formed 2010. “Once it came out, that was a big moment for us,” he says. And as an anonymous person on YouTube said, Will is basically single-handedly saving rock music as we know it — which you can see reflected in Car Seat Headrest’s sold-out, cross-generational shows, where you can find everyone from the kids born in the 2000s to their grandparents who saw Neil Young live in the 1970s singing along to “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” and “Drugs With Friends,” or moshing to “Beach Life-in-Death” and “Destroyed by Hippie Powers.” Whether you’re a fan of rock-pop, post-punk, grunge, alt-rock, guitar feedback, unconventional song structure, or introspective lyrics, there’s something for everyone. Twin Fantasy isn’t just another one of Toledo’s Bandcamp albums. After their studio sessions concluded in October, Toledo and his bandmates kept tweaking, leading to substantial differences between the vinyl, CD, and streaming releases of Making a Door Less Open. But I can change my mindset and take advantage of being the only one at the wheel for a while.”, If all goes well, he hopes that he can shape the beginnings of something to record with his bandmates when conditions allow, with the goal of finishing a new album to perform alongside Making a Door Less Open at some later date. Albums include Twin Fantasy, Teens of Denial, and Twin Fantasy. I really liked the kind of Car Seat-esque vibes that were brought to bear, albeit on her music. For anyone who enjoys bands such as the Strokes, Pavement, early Beck and the National, check this out. As a lifelong fan of rock music, discovering the music of Car Seat Headrest was like finding some friend through space and time that I had always known. Will Toledo in the custom-designed mask he had made for the promotion of Car Seat Headrest's new album. Even the still-living, legendary rock writer Robert Christgau, who I just saw mentioned in Holly George-Warren’s new Janis Joplin biography for having been front row at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, digs Will and Car Seat. admin 2 weeks ago Biography Leave a comment 72 Views. If a song can do everything in three minutes, what world is it going to explore in that additional amount of time? 10 comments. Entdecke mehr als 56 Millionen Songs, Tausende Hörbücher, Hörspiele und Podcasts, erstelle deine eigenen Playlists und teile deine Lieblingssongs mit deinen Freund*innen. So what concerns me, is at what point is it gonna change, and how is it gonna change. Will already managed to get his interpolations of Dido onto Teens of Denial, and They Might Be Giants onto Twin Fantasy— who knows what will come next? “Right now I’m optimistic about what’s on the table,” he says. Rock survives thanks in large part to innovators like Will, able to synthesize what we’ve loved about rock music over the past decades into something that feels both familiar and fresh. “Usually, once I finish something, I go through mourning, like postpartum depression,” he says. But Will is great because while in various ways he is a new Paul McCartney for the 21st century — a stunningly innovative songwriter, an artist who put their time in to hone their craft, an enigmatic and charismatic figure on stage, an emotional artist who can effortlessly switch between cathartically rocking out and making you cry with devastating lyrics — as an individual, he could just be another low-key student from my humanities classes over the years. I saw him perform it in Chicago that September, and it absolutely blew me away. He actually had given me a song to do vocals for, I think maybe a 1 Trait song but we don’t have any lyrics for it yet. But there’s actually whole playlists of covers on YouTube if you look hard enough — I’ll leave finding those to my fellow hardcore fans and internet people. You don’t have to party, or trash hotel rooms, or be an obnoxious egomaniac to be a figure that entertains, inspires, and brings comfort to thousands around the world through your art and performances. Why has no one uploaded what is clearly the best song on this album yet?Edit circa 2017: I was wrong. I hope we’ll find out in 2020, if the album’s all set by then! Will would definitely be in demand as a rock producer if he went totally in that direction, and as we discussed in our conversation, he sees it as a good way to keep his skills sharp — but certainly nothing beats being a songwriter and creator yourself. Life went on, and Toledo … It’s an ambitious song cycle that’s been held up by his small but fervent online cult as his masterpiece. Stream My Boy (Twin Fantasy) by Will Toledo from desktop or your mobile device report. What would it mean to bring that philosophy to Car Seat Headrest? I try to utilize Bandcamp as much as possible now, cause if I’m only paying ten bucks a month for Spotify Premium, it’s not really in relation to the amount of music I’m listening to. I can only hope copyright and licensing laws don’t squash the next phases of artistic innovation. So far it’s the only song on the album that was fully band-conceived, we were jamming that out in the studio, and actually the original recording of that jam was part of the [TIDAL] video that went up. share. While I wanted to include the transcript of our whole conversation in this article, I tried to select more of what hasn’t been covered before in pieces about Will and Car Seat. Even just having been a fan since Car Seat started becoming more well-known in the indie rock world with Teens of Denial, it’s easy to see how Will has continued developing over the course of just three short years in the spotlight. From a musician standpoint, I really don’t feel like there’s a great injustice in the way streaming services pay artists, but I think that artists who have a problem with it, they’re coming from a very different perspective. share. So, as a last question — my magazine came out of Chicago’s DIY community, and I was wondering what you would tell kids coming up today who want to be musicians or creatives, and what DIY might mean to you. And I think that there’s no reason why that wouldn’t happen, unless people don’t follow up and do the stuff that I did, as far as just putting out a lot of stuff and hoping that people will like it. A re-recorded, new, single version of the song Beach Life-in-Death, previously seen on Car Seat Headrest’s 2011 album, Twin Fantasy. 415. His exacting search for musical greatness has made him one of indie rock’s top auteurs, adored by fans and critics for his way of turning interior turmoil into hook-filled guitar anthems like the ones on 2016’s brilliant Teens of Denial. Will Toledo: Yeah, I kind of feel like that’s slowly draining out of it, as the years start to divide me from my college years, but definitely at the time there was a sort of a poetic ambition to what I was writing. But it’s not just the classic rock dads “with their Beatles and their Stones” who are here for Car Seat, to paraphrase the Bowie-penned, Mott The Hoople classic “All The Young Dudes.” And it’s not just me and my cohort of Millennials, many of us indie rock fan stereotypes with our memories of growing up shopping at Tower Records, and our humanities degrees in introspection, with minors in depression and anxiety. I’m assuming these three songs will make it onto the album, but who can really say, besides Will of course. On Making a Door Less Open, the album that he and his bandmates were trying to finish that day last fall, Toledo pushes even further into strange, exciting new territory, with more ideas than ever competing for air. Katie Ingegneri: I feel like there’s a definite literary influence on your style. That was interesting and it was a challenge, because I was also involved in the writing process for it, where she had ideas that weren’t fully finished, and we had like a week to more or less finish writing the album, and then a week to go into the studio and record it. So in that sense, 1 Trait has definitely affected my own musical output. “I don’t like being in the studio without ideas,” he says. Even before I was really writing music, that was something that was interesting to me, and then, obviously because I was looking at those sorts of albums that had those longer songs, I ended up listening to a lot of them too, and grew up with that idea that longer songs could sit next to shorter songs, and there was really no limitation on the length you could make a song, other than at what point is it unnecessary, or is it getting boring. I’m also interested in how the variety of cross-genre influences he absorbs, as documented through his Spotify playlists, are making an impact on his creativity, and I am very curious to see how they make appearances on the next record. It’s exciting and inspiring to see these kinds of innovative covers, the responses from one groundbreaking artist to another — in Frank and Will’s case, wildly popular and acclaimed artists who are tearing down their old genre standards that still operate in the context of heteronormative dude vibes and traditional songwriting conventions. It’s not too shabby for both Will and I to be where we are now, two kids from the American suburbs of the East Coast: a guy who started out as a teenager recording music in the back of his parents’ car, and me, living out my fantasy from when I was 13 (lol, a very long time ago now) of being rock writer William Miller in Almost Famous — or his mentor, the real, legendary rock writer Lester Bangs — a fantasy which implanted itself in my brain in tandem with my teenage music fan angst about my inability to meet Julian Casablancas when I would see The Strokes play in Boston, or the time my parents blocked the opportunity I had to meet Lou Reed at a record store signing. I was buying CDs in the CD age, and I remember how shitty CDs were, and what a ripoff they were in comparison to the actual product that it was. We want to hear from you! I think if you’re working or trying to write in a vacuum, that’s very difficult. So we ended up re-recording a few tracks from that album to be right around that length of three and a half minutes. © Copyright 2021 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Indie Rock Alternative/Indie Rock Alternative Singer/Songwriter Power Pop Lo-Fi. My personal favorite cover is probably his updated, interpolated version of Leonard Cohen’s grandiose nostalgia romp “Memories,” found on Car Seat’s “out of print” 2013 album Disjecta Membra, where Will turns Cohen’s original plea to seduce the tallest blonde girl at the dance into something sexy and sinister for the social media generation. … What did I like about that older music? Submit Corrections. My Profile. Maybe we’re not quite at that stage yet, but sort of coming from a different place from the rest of the tracks on the album, which makes it a bit of a challenge to make it fit and feel coherent. Teens of Style is the Matador debut of Will Toledo, a young songwriter who blends the cracked pop oddity of Guided by Voices with the emotional directness of Belle and Sebastian. Do you even find 1 Trait has that effect? “I didn’t feel like I was good at that much, other than having this world in my head and creating [music] out of that,” he says. Yeah, I think that’s a good way to keep your mind activated when you’re not working on your own material. I don’t even know if this final version has everything I wanted to say — because I want to say everything. So I kind of enjoyed the idea of working with that approach, where you just had to very quickly put stuff together. I tried to restrain myself, but as you can see by the length of this piece, I only partially succeeded. I was just like, these drums are just better than anything than that’s on the Car Seat album currently, and I’ve been working on it for months, so I’m just gonna hand over the drive to you essentially, and let you craft your version of these songs, so that is what is about to happen, basically. 306. It’s not enough to just keep spinning the same records for 50 years, and I’m so grateful for artists like Will, building on the greatness of the past while moving us toward something even better. From singing in the backseat of a car to singing on late-night TV, from performing with a guitar by default and necessity to becoming a full-fledged frontman supported by a robust rock n roll band, Will is continuing to prove his skills aren’t confined solely to writing and arranging indie rock songs. Because when you look at the numbers, at how many people are paying for streaming and how much they’re paying, versus how much they’re streaming and how much money needs to go out to artists — they’re operating at a loss, essentially. And then we’ll have hopefully a few different versions to choose from in what we work with. With this new iteration of Twin Fantasy, it's tempting to say Will Toledo has come full circle, at least in a narrative sense.That's not to say this is some grand finale record. Around this time, Toledo began performing live shows with fellow students Katie Wood, Austin Ruhf, and Christian Northover, recording and releasing a short live album in July 2013 entitled Live at WCWM: Car Seat Headrest at the university's studio . While it’s true that many of the legends we rock fans worship tend to be in the septuagenarian or even octogenarian category these days, younger artists like Will, who is succeeding at so many of the things we valued about the rock artists of the past, show us that it’s still possible for songwriters to create lyrics that get under our skin, melodies that stick in our heads, and that you can’t beat drums, guitars, and bass for creating the perfect mosh pit. 131 votes, 36 comments. [laughs] I think that you’ll hear a lot of scary talk about how hard it is to be an independent artist nowadays, and honestly I think it’s kind of bullshit. That’s another thing that I hope they don’t get rid of, and already on the mobile app there’s no way to get to that page, you either have to have your own collection or click on what they recommended to you. Synths and streamlined melodies entered the picture, as did a brash, over-the-top sense of humor. What more cross-generational, old-guard, rock n roll validation do you need? If you buy a vinyl copy of Making a Door Less Open, you’ll hear it as a slow, dread-soaked plea for salvation; if you stream the album, you’ll hear a frantic breakbeat remix that feels like it’s flying apart at the seams. Car Seat Headrest founder and frontman Will Toledo talks about relating to Kanye West and not wanting to be an indie singer-songwriter who taunts the industry and fans. I definitely don’t make playlists that are very navigable, but they’re really just for my own archival purposes. A lot of stuff is changing for the worse, but it seems like it’s been a change for the better. I took a video of it in Boston, and I was like “oh, this is a short song,” but then, “oh, I forgot about this whole intro, and outro…”. Now Thad Cockrell’s Playing ‘The Tonight Show’, Inside ‘The Show,’ Blackpink’s First-Ever Livestream Concert, Yes, You Can Get a Canon Digital Camera Right Now for Just $229, Read These ‘Bridgerton’ Books While Waiting for Season 2 to Stream on Netflix, Flo Milli’s ‘Roaring 20s’ Is an Absurdly Fun Song You Need to Know, How 2020 Changed the Music Business Forever, 18 Great Albums You Might Have Missed in 2020. For a while, I wanted to do the studio thing, and have the studio setup, and have the producer, and I think I learned enough from those sessions, and those albums, that I felt like I could go back to what is more my comfort zone of having these songs that get slowly built up out of nothing. Even The Beatles had a few longer tracks, and Pink Floyd was an early influence and they had a lot of longer tracks, and I think that those are probably the main two that I was looking towards in fleshing out my own longer pieces. Like a new challenge, challenge yourself. The yelps and shouts that resulted made it onto the album. While I’ve been very fortunate to make connections with a variety of amazing artists over the years — all entirely outside of the machinery of the music media and the music business — Will and Car Seat Headrest are in a category of their own for me. Misty’s Lost Weekend: The Crushing Beauty of “God’s Favorite Customer”, Notes from the Chicago Scene: The Collages of Emma Kennedy, 2020 Indie Music Highlight: Loving’s “If I Am Only My Thoughts”, The Only Three Marketing Channels You Should Think About, I’m Officially Too Old To Listen to Dudes Rapping About Oral Sex, 3 Reasons Why Empathy is the Top Skill for Entrepreneurs, The #1 Marketing Strategy to Focus on as a Startup With No Funding, 5 Ways To Grow Your Startup To Its First 100 Users. “It’s just a matter of continuing to get ideas and be inspired long enough to execute something.”, Like everyone who loves live music from either side of the stage, Toledo has been sorry to see the summer 2020 concert season evaporate. I need to explore more before I turn to greatest-hits legacy band touring.”, Years earlier, when he was first imagining what a life in music might be like, Toledo had thought a lot about Brian Wilson, a key early influence. Group Members. “It was really stressing me out.” The next day, instead of going back to the studio, he stayed home and wrote a new song. Um, I dunno! (To accompany these dramatic shifts, he’s been wearing a custom-designed mask in nearly all his press photos for this album. So that’s what I’ve been doing, and I’ve only gotten like 100 pages into the book, but I feel like I’ve listened to that many songs because of it. By the week of the album’s release on May 1st, he’d gotten back into work mode, starting by taking a fresh look at a handful of long, unstructured jams left over from the recording of Making a Door Less Open. Twin Fantasy began as a solo album released by Car Seat Headrest's lead singer/songwriter Will Toledo on November 2, 2011. And Bandcamp has its own sort of field of music, and that’s good for stuff that is completely unknown. Facebook; Twitter; Tumblr ; RSS; photo credit: Carlos Cruz . Yeah, I guess that was sort of Teens of Denial as well, but I feel like with Denial I was also working with a stricter aesthetic range, where it was all very guitar-based, and everything had a similar tone to it, and right now, sort of everything is on the table as long as it doesn’t drag and it feels like there’s energy throughout the song. I’ve just been actively trying to look for different types of music, and staying on top of that. At that point in life, I didn’t have anyone to relate to in regards to being gay until I realized that Will Toledo, the singer of Car Seat Headrest, was singing about a boy he had fallen in love with. 2010 in Leesburg, VA. Genre. We’ve gotten a few glimpses of where they’re going via the TIDAL documentary, which showcases the development of new track “Stop Lying To Me,” and via fan-made videos from overzealous concert-goers such as myself — I snagged a video from the official live debut of “Can’t Cool Me Down,” the first song of their 2019 opening tour date on Valentine’s Day in Boston. I try to be listening to music more than I’m thinking about making my own music, because I think the more time you put stuff into your head, the easier it is to get something out. “The Beach Boys were not only pop musicians, they were derided musicians,” he says. And why does so much newer stuff just kind of leave me blank?”, As an experiment and a challenge to himself, he started listening regularly to whatever was on top of the Spotify charts — wildly popular songs that he’d normally never come anywhere near hearing by choice, like Post Malone’s “Rockstar.” “That’s a song that I didn’t like at all the first time I heard it,” he says. “It’s written to match the perspective of someone who’s out of the loop, who doesn’t know what is going on but is hurting and seeking some sort of outlet,” Toledo says. Deezer: kostenloses Musikstreaming. That’s why I like Spotify, I know people hate on it but it’s such a good way to listen to, like, everything. I think other DIY artists would argue that point, but yeah I would hope that I end up not being a significant example, as far as I hope a lot of people can come up in the same way that I did. Yeah, I am too, cause I listen to your music like every day. The album Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest is an indie rock album that tells the story of a troubled gay romance. Will Toledo. Collaborating more closely with Katz — first as part of a jokey EDM side project, 1 Trait Danger, and later on the songs that became Making a Door Less Open, which the two musicians co-produced — Toledo let his band move in new ways. Production by Will Toledo, recording and mixing Pop/Rock. I guess I’ve listened to a lot more music and especially live recordings in the past five years or so, where that’s basically the scene, where artists will have three-minute songs that turn into ten-minute songs, or whatever, and just sort of get into a groove and keep going with it. 7 comments. share. In an interview with CityBeat, Toledo explained that due to his lack of resources, Twin Fantasy was unable to achieve the expansiveness he originally wanted, adding that, "it just never seemed like the book was closed on it". 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