by Katie Zepf
Seattle's Car Seat Headrest played two sold-out shows this past weekend at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Steel. The band is known for their unique lo-fi indie rock sound, which started out as the bedroom project of frontman Will Toledo, who built a following after putting his tracks out on Bandcamp. They started off their 12-song set with covers of Lou Reed’s “Waves of Fear” and Neil Young’s “Powderfinger”, continuing with originals from their albums Twin Fantasy, Teens of Denial, How to Leave Town, and Teens of Style.
Opening was Philadelphia's Don Babylon, which had a heavy-rock sound, and Seattle-based trio Naked Giants, playing a longer set of indie-infused songs. Both openers had an upbeat sound, starting the night off on the right foot.
For their encore, Car Seat Headrest was backed by Naked Giants, with Toledo sporting swim trunks as he danced around the stage. After a 14-minute version of “Beach Life-In-Death,” Naked Giants drummer Henry La Vallee brought a fan onstage to play cowbells during “Destroyed by Hippie Powers.” I must say, the GA pit at this show was the most intense one I’ve ever been in (including those at music festivals), as the fans were VERY passionate about their love for this music - despite it not quite being mosh pit material.
Car Seat Headrest will be playing a few more shows in the States before touring in Europe this fall. They return to New York on February 16 to open for Interpol at Madison Square Garden. More pics below.