Car Seat Headrest have been touring with an expanded lineup in support of the reworked Twin Fantasy, and they played many tracks off the album at their second consecutive show at Brooklyn Steel on Saturday (9/15). The band's new live lineup consisted of the band's main four-piece, combined with the members of Naked Giants, who opened for the band earlier in the night. CSH kicked off their set with a cover of Lou Reed's "Waves of Fear," before launching into groovy fan favorite "Bodys," which quickly got the crowd up and moving. The band continued with more of Twin Fantasy, like the explosive "Cute Thing," and "Sober to Death," which segued into a cover of Neil Young & Crazy Horse's "Powderfinger," as they've been doing for most of this tour. We also got several cuts off 2015's Teens of Denial, including "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales," plus How To Leave Town track "America (Never Been)" in the mix as well.
Since Will Toledo's usual guitar duties have been handed over to Naked Giants' Grant Mullen, he was able to roam the stage freely without an instrument, which led to some very fun, eccentric dance moves, especially during the set's more upbeat songs. The audience's high energy levels were unwavering despite it being very hot in Brooklyn Steel, with everyone near me drenched in sweat by the time "Fill In The Blank," the third song on the setlist, began. The band also complained about the heat onstage, which they blamed on the fog machine; it was so hot inside the venue that many guys in the crowd took off their shirts. Even Will Toledo succumbed to the heat, performing the final song of the night, "Beach Life-in-Death," shirtless. At one point during the track, an audience member threw a shirt onstage, with Will tossing it aside and announcing, "If someone throws something at me again, get the fuck out. Don't fucking touch me." (As least it was a shirt and not a phone).
The night began with a performance by Philly trio Don Babylon, who played a diverse selection of tracks from their 2017 debut Babe. Afterwards, Naked Giants played a rapturous set before joining CSH's main set, whose setlist consisted of many songs from their recently-released LP SLUFF. Throughout their performance, the band showcased the incredible musicianship of each member, especially drummer Henry LaVallee, who dazzled the audience with an extended drum solo towards the end of their set.
Car Seat Headrest's tour continues in Philadelphia on Tuesday (9/18). They'll return to NYC in February as part of an all-Matador triple bill at the much larger Madison Square Garden with Interpol and Snail Mail (tickets). You can view fan-shot pictures and video, along with Car Seat Headrest's setlist, below.
Setlist - Car Seat Headrest @ Brooklyn Steel 9/15/18
Intro / Waves of Fear (Lou Reed cover)
Fill in the Blank
(Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn't a Problem)
Sober to Death / Powderfinger (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)
America (Never Been)
Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
Destroyed By Hippie Powers