So I asked Rose to write another guest blog. Here it is....oh and check out the band - raw, soulful, guitar music. Check Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales for evidence of how they can do gorgeous mellow stuff and easily move to glorious indie guitar rock in the vein of early Strokes with a dash or dose of Parquet Courts.
Car Seat Headrest – Broadcast, Glasgow 23/06/16
The band treat us to a good mixture of old (Sober to Death, Stop Smoking) and new; standouts from his recent album included Fill In The Blank, Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales and the utterly awesome Destroyed by Hippie Powers. A worthy mention here to his guitarist Ethan Ives; the Carlos Puyol lookalike (this amused me greatly) treated us to some incredible musicianship and some damn fine guitar playing and was the perfect accompaniment to Toledo. The standout track of the night for me (and also from the album itself) was The Ballad of the Costa Concordia - at almost 12 minutes long it can only be described as an 'epic' and has more ideas crammed into one song than some artists achieve on a whole album. It's an ambitious song that progresses from a slow, quiet ballad to a rousing, high tempo finale - with a genius Dido White Flag lyric sample thrown in for good measure; think Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebird but only much more epic. It was an absolute joy to see it performed live in all its glory.
After a closing rendition of Stop Smoking sung solo by Toledo, the crowd waited impatiently for the band to reappear. After much synchronised hand-clapping they did just that and launched into a terrific performance of Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An). There were a few grumblings of disappointment that it wasn't the aforementioned Vincent - not from me though, it's a fantastic song and I was delighted they played it.