Cancelled - Car Seat Headrest

Sun Jul 19 2020

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The Van Buren

401 West Van Buren Street Phoenix, AZ 85003


Ages 13+

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Stateside Presents & Live Nation
Cancelled - Car Seat Headrest

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  • Car Seat Headrest

    Car Seat Headrest

    Alternative Rock

    This album was made from January
    2015 to December 2019, starting as a

    collection of vague ideas that eventually turned into
    songs. I wanted to make something that was different from my previous records, and I struggled to
    figure out how to do that. I realized that because the way I listened to music had changed, I had to
    change the way I wrote music, as well. I was listening less and less to albums and more and more to
    individual songs, songs from all over the place, every few days finding a new one that seemed to
    have a special energy. I thought that if I could make an album full of songs that had a special
    energy, each one unique and different in its vision, then that would be a good thing.
    Andrew, Ethan, Seth and I started going into the studio to record songs that had more finished
    structures and jam on ideas that didn’t. Then I would mess with the recordings until I could see my
    way to a song. Most of the time on this album was spent shuttling between my house and Andrew’s,
    who did a lot of the mixing on this. He comes from an EDM school of mixing, so we built up sample-
    heavy beat-driven songs that could work to both of our strengths.
    Each track is the result of an intense battle to bring out its natural colors and transform it into a
    complete work. The songs contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll. But underneath all these things I think these may be folk songs, because they can be
    played and sung in many different ways, and they’re about things that are important to a lot of
    people: anger with society, sickness, loneliness, love...the way this album plays out is just our own
    interpretation of the tracks, with Andrew, Ethan and I forming a sort of choir of contrasting natures.
    I think my main hope for the world of music is that it will continue to grow by taking from the past,
    with a consciousness of what still works now. Exciting moments in music always form at a
    crossroads - a new genre emerges from the pieces of existing ones, an artist strips down a forgotten
    structure and makes something alien and novel. If there is a new genre emergent in our times, it has
    not yet been named and identified, but its threads come from new ways of listening to all types of
    music, of new methods of creating music at an unprecedented level of affordability and personal
    freedom, of new audiences rising up through the internet to embrace works that would otherwise be
    lost, and above all from the people whose love of music drives them to create it in the best form they
    possibly can. Hopefully it will remain nameless for some time, so it can be experienced with that
    same newness and strangeness that accompanies any
    and all meaningful encounters with music.
    Bob Dylan said, “if someone’s wearing a mask, he’s
    gonna tell you the truth...if he’s not wearing a mask, it’s
    highly unlikely.” He never actually wore a mask onstage
    so I don’t know why he said that. But I decided to start
    wearing a mask for a couple of reasons. One, I still get
    nervous being onstage with everybody looking at me. If
    everyone is looking at the mask instead, then it feels like
    we’re all looking at the same thing, and that is more
    honest to me. Two, music should be about enjoying
    yourself, especially live music, and I think of this costume
    as a way to remind myself and everyone else to have
    some fun with it. I don’t think it changes anything else
    about the songs or how you feel about them to be able to
    drop it for a second and have fun with it. If you can’t do
    that then you’re in a bad place...

    The character comes from another project Andrew and I have been working on called 1 TRAIT
    DANGER. This is something Andrew started doing on tour—recording ideas for his own songs as
    they came to him, and forcibly enlisting everyone else to participate. It appealed to me because it
    was nothing like Car Seat Headrest, and the ideas cracked me up. Before we knew it we had two
    albums released, a video game that was almost impossible to beat, and a growing number of people
    who seemed to be enjoying it all. It’s been a great outlet for weird and untenable musical
    experiments, and the live performances have been a blast. I play a character called TRAIT, and
    we’ve been working out the backstory as we go. I think he spent a lot of time in classified
    government facilities before getting into the music business.
    This is the kind of stuff that kept us going while we were working on MADLO. We were in our own
    little world and free to try any idea we wanted. A lot of the ideas for 1 Trait bled over to the Car Seat
    tracks, and vice versa. You just can’t make music without first creating your own environment around
    it...sound’s always gotta travel through something. This time it was a mask.

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    Porridge Radio

    Indie Pop

Stateside Presents & Live Nation

Cancelled - Car Seat Headrest

Sun Jul 19 2020 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

The Van Buren Phoenix AZ
Cancelled - Car Seat Headrest
  • Event Cancelled.



This show is ages 13 and up (12 and under admitted with parent or legal guardian)