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Will Toledo on Car Seat Headrest and Teens of Denial

The up-and-coming singer-songwriter reaches nostalgic adults and upbeat teenagers alike with his anthemic songs.

Car Seat Headrest.
Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest.

Anna Webber

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At 24, Will Toledo is the lead singer-songwriter for one of this summer’s hottest bands, Car Seat Headrest. He’s also the youngest guest to ever be on the Moment. Today, Will talks about how he structures an album (6:00), trying not to repeat the narrative of his predecessors (14:00), and how he receives feedback for his songs (28:30). Plus, Will and Brian discuss the wide audience Car Seat Headrest is reaching with its new album (37:00) and why it’s important for artists to shape their own work rather than be shaped by their audience (41:30). And on a final note, Will is already working on the next album, and he’s thinking it may be a little different (55:00).

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You can check out Car Seat Headrest’s latest release, Teens of Denial, by clicking here.

Topics mentioned:
Car Seat Headrest
Beach Slang
Rival Sons
Mitski
Phil Spector
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys
Teens of Style by Car Seat Headrest
Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan
Sinatra: The Chairman by James Kaplan
Frank Sinatra’s letter to George Michael
R.E.M.
Smashing Pumpkins
Steven Universe
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
American Idiot by Green Day
The Joshua Tree by U2
Who’s Next by the Who
“Drunk Drivers Killer Whales” by Car Seat Headrest
New York by Lou Reed
Billions

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