Seattle indie rock outfit Car Seat Headrest will stop by Asbury Hall tonight amid their Twin Fantasy 2019 tour with fellow Seattle rockers Naked Giants. The show comes to Buffalo on the back of 2018’s Twin Fantasy, a harrowing, dynamic album with a long and remarkable history of its own.
Car Seat Headrest began in Leesburg, Virginia in 2010 as the bedroom solo project of a teenage Will Toledo, a major player in the modern, internet-based DIY scene. Toledo self-produced and self-released his first eight albums, using minimal equipment to record experimental, unrefined indie rock that would quickly gain an online cult following. The cult exploded with 2011’s Twin Fantasy – now titled Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror) –, an ambitious and heartfelt concept album about a tumultuous first love, recorded with a laptop microphone, released for free on Bandcamp, and adored by thousands. Car Seat Headrest’s booming presence on the web eventually led to a record deal with Matador, a full band lineup, and three studio albums, including a reimagined Twin Fantasy. Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) trades that characteristic lo-fi charm for cleaner studio production, revamped instrumentation, and some minor yet powerful lyrical changes, all while keeping the magic of its precursor alive. What we hear is musical and emotional growth, and to see the product of that growth onstage should be nothing short of extraordinary.
General admission tickets for this all-ages show are $25. Doors at 7pm, music at 8pm.