Will Toledo Takes Car Seat Headrest In A New Direction : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN On his band's latest album, Making a Door Less Open, Toledo expanded the scope of Car Seat Headrest's sound, embracing dance music wholeheartedly.

Will Toledo Takes Car Seat Headrest In A New Direction

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Will Toledo pitched his new album to label heads in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. It's an unlikely move for a rock band, but Car Seat Headrest is more than just rock and roll. Exceedingly prolific, Toledo has consistently expanded the scope of his former bedroom project, leading up to the band's latest album, Making a Door Less Open, which embraces dance music wholeheartedly.

In this session, I talk with him about what forces pushed the band in new directions and about the side project, 1 Trait Danger, that helped birth his new alter ego. For the first portion of our chat, Toledo, as Trait, wore a gas mask with built-in LED lights for eyes – one of the stranger ways to start an interview.

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