Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo Wants "More Furries in the Crowd"

The bandleader has opened up about his decision to perform dressed as his furry alter-ego

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jun 15, 2022

In addition to some auto interiors, searching Car Seat Headrest on Google may yield some results pertaining to furries — a community of people who partake in wearing elaborate animal costumes, or "fursuits." Earlier this year, bandleader Will Toledo performed in one — and he's recently opened up about the decision.

A new interview with Brooklyn Magazine sees the musician (and practicing furry) explain that taking the stage dressed as his furry alter-ego, Mortis Jackrabbit, wasn't a pre-meditated plan.

"It was very impromptu," Toledo said of the March performance at Brooklyn Steel during the band's Masquerade Tour. "My friend tried finding someone else to wear the suit but he couldn't find anybody. So at the last minute, I asked him to bring it and I wore as much of it as I could." The furry attire comes in addition to his preexisting stage alter-ego, Trait, whom the musician embodies by wearing a gas mask.

"I wanted more furries in the crowd," the bandleader continued. "[Brooklyn Steel] was a good show because it was the only time I wore Mortis," he said, adding that the fursuit had been sitting with his friend since a furry convention in February — one of many non-erotic activities members of the fetishist community may embrace. The musician's touring obligations have prevented him from being able to transport a notoriously expensive fur costume back home.

Drummer Andrew Katz chimed in: "A lot of Car Seat's music is furry adjacent because, when Will started, it was for that community of people. So obviously a lot of the fans are furries and the rest know he's a furry."

After his previously hinted-at furry status was confirmed during a Reddit AMA a few years ago, Toledo's decision to play a show as his fursona has apparently inspired more and more fans to don their fursuits at shows.

Car Seat Headrest's most recent album remains 2020's Making a Door Less Open.

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