“Teens of Denial” Car Seat Headrest

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“Teens of Denial” Car Seat Headrest

Setting the Mood

I was initially turned to this band from a friend of mine who said, “These guys sound like Interpol.” Interpol being one of my favorite bands, I had to listen to these guys. I made some green tea, cozyed into my computer chair, put on my noise cancelling headphones , and started to listen the the new album by Car Seat Headrest, “Teens of Denial”.

The Band

Car Seat Headrest is an American indie rock band from Leesburg, Virginia, but currently based out of Seattle, Washington. The band actaully started as a solo recording project back in 2010 by Will Toledo. He 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.

The record label Matador was created in 1989 by Chris Lombardi in his New York City apartment. Lombardi brought the Austrian duo H.P. Zinker into Wharton Tiers’ Fun City studio to record Matadors first release, “…and there was light”. Lombardi continued to add artists to the label’s roster, with bands like the Dustdevils, Railroad Jerk and Superchunk, before being joined by former Homestead Records manager Gerard Cosloy in 1990.

For Car Seat Headrest, Teens of Denial is the 13th studio album by the American indie rock group “Car Seat Headrest”. It just released last month on May 20, 2016 by Matador Records, serving as the band’s second album for the label and the follow-up to their 2015 debut major-label release, Teens of Style.


The album starts with a low voiced female intro, then onto the heavy guitar chords. From the start, I was definitely liking what I was hearing.

The Good

The bass was following the drums and the vocals were on point for most of the album. Tracks like “Destroyed By Hippie Powers”, show the bands use of excellent, rich, and compelling storytelling. Some other tracks seemed to give lots of blends of humor and life lessons. The band being so young (like 27 years old), shows that these guys are here to stay and make footprints in the indie rock community.

The Bad


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Having said that, the instrumental and vocal sounds are not completely unique compared to other indie rock bands. I found thinking that the music seemed simple and bland and certain points. Sometimes, you can’t help the flow of a steadily chill indie rock album, but repetitive sounds make it hard to distinguish certain tracks from each other. Also the use of different instruments didn’t stand strong. Instruments like trumpets were drowned by heavy guitar chord or loud drum beats.

Last Words

In the end, since the release of their last album, the band’s evolution has progressively grown better and better which each album release. This band is still worth checking out for those interested in psychedlic style indie rock music. This album keeps you chill and calm through out. You can find the album for sale on Amazon. Don’t forget to check out other music reviews on The EXP Grind.

The Good

  • Excellent, Rich, Compelling Storytelling
  • Blend of humor and life lessons
  • Progressively grows better which each album release

The Bad

  • Sound is not completely unique
  • Repetitive sounds make it hard to distinguish tracks
  • Use of different instruments didn't stand strong

Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Indie musicians, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning in the new and upcoming artists and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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