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Car Seat Headrest

When Andrew Katz, the drummer of alt-indie band Car Seat Headrest, was asked how he feels about returning to his hometown when touring, his response was: “God, it’s awful. I hate it.” 

Keep in mind that Katz is from Eugene, and grew up a mere eight blocks from the University of Oregon campus. 

Katz says the worst part about returning to play shows in Eugene is the pressure of performing well in front of friends and family in cramped venues like Sam Bond’s Garage and WOW Hall. Luckily, there’s not much to worry about, because Car Seat Headrest is a pretty damn good band. 

Katz graduated from the UO in 2012 and moved up to Seattle shortly after. There he met singer-songwriter Will Toledo who, at that time, had already released 11 solo albums as Car Seat Headrest. The two joined forces and eventually picked up a bassist and guitarist, going on to record Headrest’s most recent album, Teens of Denial, as a full band. 

A brash, powerful and honest record that seems to perfectly sum up the uncertainty and self-deprecation of being a 20-something, Teens of Denial has gained critical acclaim. 

Coming from meek beginnings, the group has acquired its tight-knit fan base the way a lot of up-and-coming musical acts wish they could — online. Spending the past years self-releasing music through Bandcamp, Toledo, Katz and the rest of Car Seat Headrest are now signed to Matador Records.

As for the future, the band’s already working on its next album. Katz says the group is “trying to keep it under wraps at the moment,” but that the sound will probably be in the same vein as Teens of Denial with a few more production tricks thrown in. 

The band has already done three tours across Europe and within the next year Car Seat Headrest will head to Australia and New Zealand — far from home for Katz, but he says of the band: “It’s exactly where we want to be right now.”

Catch Car Seat Headrest with Naked Giants and Girls Punch Bears 9 pm Thursday, Nov. 17, at WOW Hall; $12 in adv., $15 door. All ages. — Meerah Powell