With Teens of Denial, his first real “studio” album with an actual band, Will Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor. Teens of Denial refracts Toledo’s particular, personal story of one difficult year through cultural touchstones such as the biography of Frank Sinatra, the evolution of the Me Generation as seen in Mad Men and elsewhere, plus elements of eastern and western theology. The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music. Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy. The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood. The album was produced by Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Beat Happening, Soundgarden) at his studio in Seattle, July-September 2015. This is the first full album of new music from Car Seat Headrest released on Matador.
Label: Matador – OLE-1091-1
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 08 Jul 2016
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
A1 Fill In The Blank
B1 Destroyed By Hippie Powers
B2 (Joe Gets Kicked Out Of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn't A Problem)
B3 Not What I Needed
B4 Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales
C1 1937 State Park
C2 Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)
C3 Cosmic Hero
D1 The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia
D2 Connect The Dots (The Saga Of Frank Sinatra)
D3 Joe Goes To School
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Matador Records (2)
Copyright (c) – Matador Records (2)
Recorded At – Soundhouse Recording
Recorded At – Avast! Recording Co.
Published By – Future Furniture Music
Published By – Universal Music-MGB Songs
Published By – Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Bass – Seth Dalby (tracks: C2)
Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Organ [Vibrato Switch On Organ] – Ethan Ives
Drums, Percussion [Mixed Percussion], Mellotron, Vocals – Andrew Katz (2)
Layout [Cover Layout], Design – Mike Zimmerman (2)
Photography By [Back Cover Photographed By] – Gordon S. Fisk
Photography By [Front Cover Photographer] – Unknown Artist
Piano – Nick Shadel (tracks: D1)
Producer – Steve Fisk
Saxophone – Jim DeJoie (tracks: D2)
Trumpet, Trombone – Jon Maus (tracks: A2, C2 to D1)
Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Mellotron – Will Toledo
Second pressing issued by Matador after the first pressing was recalled due to a copyright claim by Ric Ocasek.
Gatefold sleeve. Includes a download code and printed inner sleeves.
℗ & © 2016 Matador Records
Recorded at Soundhouse and Avast! studios.
"The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia" contains lyrics and elements of the song "White Flag" written by F. Armstrong, R. Armstrong, and R. Nowels.