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CSS – Brazilian Dance Rock Band
CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy) is a Brazilian dance rock band from Sao Paulo. Cansei de Ser Sexy literally translates to "I got tired of being sexy" which was taken from a reported quote by R&B singer Beyonce, who allegedly declared she was "tired of being sexy." The band formed in 2003 after meeting through the local Sao...More
CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy) is a Brazilian dance rock band from Sao Paulo. Cansei de Ser Sexy literally translates to "I got tired of being sexy" which was taken from a reported quote by R&B singer Beyonce, who allegedly declared she was "tired of being sexy." The band formed in 2003 after meeting through the local Sao Paulo underground club scene and on various web-based social networking sites like Fotolog and Flickr. Originally a sextet comprised of Lovefoxxx (vocals/MC), Adriano Cintra (drums/multi-instrumentalist), Luiza Sa (guitars/drums/keyboards), Iracema Trevisan (bass), Ana Rezende (guitars) and Carolina Parra (guitars), the band today operates as a foursome since the departures of Trevisan in 2008 and Cintra in 2011.
CSS's popularity online led the owners of the Trama Virtual website to promote and invest in the group. With Trama Virtual pushing for international exposure, CSS was soon being touted as the biggest musical act out of Brazil. Subsequently, several CSS songs were featured on television, including "Meeting Paris Hilton" in the Latin American broadcast of The Simple Life and "Superafim" in the Brazilian version of Big Brother. They self-released their debut EP, Em Rotterdam Ja e uma Febre, in 2004, following it up with a second EP, A Onda Mortal/Uma Tarde com PJ. CSS closed out the year with a performance at the TIM Festival in Sao Paulo. Soon after, CSS signed to Trama Virtual’s fledgling record label and released their self-titled debut, CSS, in 2005, complete with a bonus EP titled CSS Suxxx . . .
In 2006, CSS signed with North American indie label, Sub Pop Records, leading to an international release of their debut that same year. The band began touring extensively, opening for acts such as Gwen Stefani and Ladytron and performing at festivals throughout North America and Europe. They reached an international mainstream audience when their song “Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex” was featured in an iPod Touch commercial.
In 2008, CSS released their second full-length qalbum, Donkey. The new album took on a more polished production style that differed from the DIY approach of their previous releases. Shortly after the completion of Donkey, bassist Iracema Trevisan announced her departure from the group to pursue a career in fashion design. Cintra took up the bass duties in her absence. They released their third album, La Liberacion, in August 2011 on V2 Records. In November 2011, Cintra announced his departure from the band.
CSS' fourth album, Planta, was produced by David Sitek (TV on the Radio) and released in June 2013. The album saw distribution in Japan, UK and the United States and is their first since the departure of multi-instrumentalist Adriano Cintra.