In the lead-up to SXSW I publicly enthused about Car Seat Headrest’s upcoming Teens Of Denial, even calling it “everything I want from a rock band.” That might sound like hyperbole, but in the moment — when you’re caught up in the middle of it all, racing to keep up with every inspired guitar riff and clever lyrical aside — it just feels like the truth.
The album is a brainy adrenaline rush from the beginning, and the beginning is out in the world as of today. Album opener “Fill In The Blank” is a start-stop guitar onslaught that reminds me of Spoon’s A Series Of Sneaks. The track kicks off with one memorable lyric — “I’m so sick of/ Fill in the blank” — and keeps the melodic zingers coming from there until Will Toledo is howling about holding his breath and dodging projectiles from the crowd. Listen below.
Here are the full lyrics for your perusal:
Teens Of Denial is out 5/20 on Matador. Pre-order it here.