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Car Seat Headrest: Hear ‘Can’t Cool Me Down,’ from New Album ‘Making A Door Less Open’

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Celebrated indie/rock band Car Seat Headrest announced a new studio album, Making A Door Less Open, which will be released via Matador Records on May 1 — but this one’s a bit different from the group’s prior material.

The band, led by Will Toledo, rose to fame on the internet with various self-released albums before signing with Matador in 2015 and subsequently releasing two new albums, 2015’s Teens of Style and ’16’s Teens of Denial. Those records were hits in the indie community, with many intrigued by Toledo’s songwriting and lyrics.

This new record, however, is a bit … different, as evidenced by its lead single, “Can’t Cool Me Down”:

Making A Door Less Open was a collaborative effort between Car Seat Headrest and an electronic side project involving drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo — through his “alternative persona,” Trait. Via the news release:

To realize this, the band recorded the album twice: once live with guitars, drums and bass, and once in a MIDI environment using purely synthesized sounds. During the mixing process, the two approaches were gradually combined using elements of each, with additional overdubs.

If this all sounds like a lot, well, it is — this project definitely seems ambitious for Toledo and Car Seat Headrest, and to that end Toledo posted a lengthy message, from the perspective of his alter ego, Trait, at the band’s official website. 

Catch Car Seat Headrest on the road later in the year:

April 25—North Adams, MA—MASS MoCA
May 27—St. Paul, MN—Palace Theatre
May 28—Milwaukee, WI—Pabst Theatre
May 29—Chicago, IL—The Vic
May 30—Chicago, IL—The Vic
June 2—Detroit, MI—The Majestic
June 3—Toronto, ON—Danforth
June 4—Toronto, ON—Danforth
June 6—Boston, MA—House of Blues
June 7—Portland, ME—State Theatre
June 9—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel
June 10—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel
June 11—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel
June 13—Philadelphia, PA—Franklin Music Hall
June 14—Washington, D.C.—Anthem
June 16—Raleigh, NC—The Ritz
June 17—Asheville, NC—Orange Peel
June 18—Columbia, SC—The Senate
June 19—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle
June 20—Nashville, TN—Brooklyn Bowl
July 9—Vancouver, BC—The Commodore
July 10—Vancouver, BC—The Commodore
July 11 —Seattle, WA—Paramount
July 12—Portland, OR—Roseland
July 14—San Francisco, CA—The Warfield
July 17—San Diego, CA—Observatory North Park
July 18—Los Angeles, CA—The Wiltern
July 19—Phoenix, AZ—Van Buren
July 22—Austin, TX—Stubb’s
July 23—Houston, TX—White Oak
July 24—Dallax, TX—Granada
July 25—Oklahoma City, OK—The Tower
July 26—Kansas City, KS—The Crossroads
July 28—Denver, CO—The Ogden

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