Car Seat Headrest played 1st of 2 sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows w/ Lucy Dacus (revew / pics / setlist)
As two sold-out nights at Bowery Ballroom show, Car Seat Headrest are growing increasingly popular with the release of this year's excellent Teens of Denial. What really illustrated the band's rise, was the amount of singing along the whole Bowery crowd was doing at Thursday's show... to nearly every song, but. It was especially apparent on the quiet, pre-chorus bit to "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales" and the crowd were louder than the band for the song's anthemic finale.
Main man Will Toledo may have a rep as nerdy, awkward and shy, but he has become an increasingly confident frontman, and he and his band were terrific last night (9/15) at Bowery. Car Seat Headrest hit all the major highlights from Teens of Denial, a few deeper cuts and Will covered Frank Ocean's "Ivy" solo for the final song of the main set. Much in the way Echo & the Bunnymen used to do (and still do), they also throw in bits of other songs into their own, like last night when "Cosmic Hero" briefly became "Sweet Jane." (They avoided temptation to throw in The Cars by not performing "Not What I Needed.) During between-song tune-ups, drummer Andrew Katz filled time by asking Will questions submitted by fans from the internet. Pretty funny. The crowd wanted more than just the two-song encore they got. Those are the breaks.
Lucy Dacus, who is also on Matador, is on tour with CSH and played a terrific opening set of swaggering rock not without some guitar heroics -- the crowd seemed there for her too. She and Car Seat Headrest will play Bowery again tonight (9/16). A few tickets were just made available (as of 1:30 PM) for tonight. You can check out CSH's setlist and a few more Instagrams from last night's show, below.
SETLIST: Car Seat Headrest @ Bowery Ballroom 9/15/2016
Way Down (Will solo)
Cosmic Hero (with "Sweet Jane")
Fill in the Blank
Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)
Destroyed by Hippie Powers (Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn't a Problem) (with tease of "Teenagers" by My Chemical Romance)
Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
The Ballad of the Costa Concordia
Ivy (Frank Ocean cover) (Will solo)