Car Seat Headrest Commit Yourself Completely

Commit Yourself Completely

Car Seat Headrest

Released on June 17, 2019 by Matador

Main artist: Car Seat Headrest

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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William Barnes, a.k.a Will Toledo, is a strange kind of guy. It’s not about his looks - with his messy head of hair and his thick-rimmed glasses, he has more in common with a computer nerd than a rock star. What’s strange is how honest he is. There are few singers so ready to indulge in the weaknesses of their voice - to exploit them, even - with such sincerity and consistency. Car Seat Headrest’s frontman cracks in the higher registers, often substitutes singing with speaking; there are a few approximate passages and false notes. Some will say that’s his signature. Others will say he just can’t sing.


Either way, the punk-like aesthetic so willingly embraced by Toledo is an unmistakable element of the Seattle band’s success. After Teens of Denial in 2016, they embarked on a worldwide tour, which they recorded for posterity’s sake. Here’s the result: 9 tracks from 7 different venues, amongst which Ivy, a Frank Ocean cover. Aside from a few new arrangements (Fill in the Blank gets a snazzy new guitar riff)  thanks to the backup of three-piece band Naked Giant, CSH’s sound is mostly the same as their last studio record. Some keys on Drunk Drivers/ Killer Whales bring a bit of variety into the mix, with a resolutely 70s/ slacker rock sound. On Destroyed by Hippie Powers, a third guitar as well as Grant Mullen’s backing vocals give that extra oomph that really help communicate the songs to the audience. Commit Yourself Completely cements Car Seat Headrest’s status as a major indie rock band, with a strong discography and boisterous, energetic live performances. ©Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz

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Album : 1 disk - 9 tracks Total length : 01:06:57

  1. 1 Cosmic Hero (Live at the Tramshed, Cardiff, Wales)

    William Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Mattitude (BMI), MusicPublisher - Car Seat Headrest, Artist, MainArtist - Will Toledo, Producer, Mixer - Andrew Katz, Mixer Copyright : 2019 Matador Records 2019 Matador Records

  2. 2 Fill In The Blank (Live at the Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH)

    William Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Mattitude (BMI), MusicPublisher - Car Seat Headrest, Artist, MainArtist - Will Toledo, Producer, Mixer - Andrew Katz, Mixer Copyright : 2019 Matador Records 2019 Matador Records

  3. 3 Drugs With Friends (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)

    William Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Mattitude (BMI), MusicPublisher - Car Seat Headrest, Artist, MainArtist - Will Toledo, Producer, Mixer - Andrew Katz, Mixer Copyright : 2019 Matador Records 2019 Matador Records

  4. 4 Bodys (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)

    William Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Mattitude (BMI), MusicPublisher - Car Seat Headrest, Artist, MainArtist - Will Toledo, Producer, Mixer - Andrew Katz, Mixer Copyright : 2019 Matador Records 2019 Matador Records

  5. 5 Cute Thing (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)

    William Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Mattitude (BMI), MusicPublisher - Car Seat Headrest, Artist, MainArtist - Will Toledo, Producer, Mixer - Andrew Katz, Mixer Copyright : 2019 Matador Records 2019 Matador Records

  6. 6 Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)

    William Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Mattitude (BMI), MusicPublisher - Car Seat Headrest, Artist, MainArtist - Will Toledo, Producer, Mixer - Andrew Katz, Mixer Copyright : 2019 Matador Records 2019 Matador Records

  7. 7 Destroyed By Hippie Powers (Live at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR)

    William Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Mattitude (BMI), MusicPublisher - Car Seat Headrest, Artist, MainArtist - Will Toledo, Producer, Mixer - Andrew Katz, Mixer Copyright : 2019 Matador Records 2019 Matador Records

  8. 8 Ivy (Live at the Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA)

    Christopher Breaux, Composer - Car Seat Headrest, Artist, MainArtist - Will Toledo, Producer, Mixer - Andrew Katz, Mixer - James Ryan Wui Hun Ho, Composer - Bhamboo Music Publishing (BMG), MusicPublisher - Heavens Research (BMG), MusicPublisher Copyright : 2019 Matador Records 2019 Matador Records

  9. 9 Beach Life-in-Death (Live at Crossroads KC, Kansas City, MO)

    William Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Mattitude (BMI), MusicPublisher - Car Seat Headrest, Artist, MainArtist - Will Toledo, Producer, Mixer - Andrew Katz, Mixer Copyright : 2019 Matador Records 2019 Matador Records

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  • William Barnes, a.k.a Will Toledo, is a strange kind of guy. It’s not about his looks - with his messy head of hair and his thick-rimmed glasses, he has more in common with a computer nerd than a rock star. What’s strange is how honest he is. There are few singers so ready to indulge in the weaknesses of their voice - to exploit them, even - with such sincerity and consistency. Car Seat Headrest’s frontman cracks in the higher registers, often substitutes singing with speaking; there are a few approximate passages and false notes. Some will say that’s his signature. Others will say he just can’t sing.


    Either way, the punk-like aesthetic so willingly embraced by Toledo is an unmistakable element of the Seattle band’s success. After Teens of Denial in 2016, they embarked on a worldwide tour, which they recorded for posterity’s sake. Here’s the result: 9 tracks from 7 different venues, amongst which Ivy, a Frank Ocean cover. Aside from a few new arrangements (Fill in the Blank gets a snazzy new guitar riff)  thanks to the backup of three-piece band Naked Giant, CSH’s sound is mostly the same as their last studio record. Some keys on Drunk Drivers/ Killer Whales bring a bit of variety into the mix, with a resolutely 70s/ slacker rock sound. On Destroyed by Hippie Powers, a third guitar as well as Grant Mullen’s backing vocals give that extra oomph that really help communicate the songs to the audience. Commit Yourself Completely cements Car Seat Headrest’s status as a major indie rock band, with a strong discography and boisterous, energetic live performances. ©Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz

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