By Ashley Acker
September 25, 2018
Seattle-based indie rockers, Car Seat Headrest played to a sold-out crowd at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina on Friday night. Since first appearing on the scene in 2010, frontman Will Toledo has come a long way from his angsty Bandcamp beginnings in Leesburg, Virginia. With over 12 self-released albums, Car Seat Headrest has amassed a large cult following in the lo-fi rock scene. Now signed to a highly reputable indie label Matador Records, the band has been touring intensely off their highly acclaimed 2016 release Teens of Denial.
Opener, Naked Giants kicked off Fridays show with fervor to set the tone for the evening. The venue was packed to the brim as Car Seat Headrest took the stage. Toledo made his way to the mic with his thick-rimmed glasses that were as impressionable and bold as his heartfelt lyrics. It’s the kind of vulnerability that makes you want to root for the band, the same way you root for your friends.
Their over-the-top theatrics and overall sound left a lasting impression. But it was their connection to the audience that stood out most. Their infectious energy and enthusiasm spread throughout the room, inspiring mass sing-a-longs and a lot of jumping. As the crowd passionately belted the lyrics to tracks like “Fill in the Blank,” “Drugs With Friends” and “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” it became clear that Car Seat Headrest has real staying power.
Check out the remaining 2018 dates for Car Seat Headrest.