CSS is a Brazilian rock band from São Paulo. The band was labeled as part of the explosion of the New Rave scene. Their songs are in both English and Portuguese. CSS is an abbreviation for Cansei de Ser Sexy (pronounced [kã’sej dʒi seɾ ‘sɛksi]), literally “got tired of being sexy” in Portuguese.
Formation and Cansei de Ser Sexy (Brazilian album): 2003–2006
The band first garnered fame through the Internet. Some of its members, like Adriano Cintra, had been previously known in São Paulo’s underground club scene, but not outside of the local alternative subculture. Others, like Lovefoxxx, were owners of popular Fotolog and Flickr pages. Their collective band fotolog also gained popularity and their songs were frequently downloaded from Trama Virtual‘s website (a Brazilian website loosely similar to MySpace Music). Several songs by CSS were featured in mainstream media: “Meeting Paris Hilton” was featured in the Latin American broadcasting of The Simple Life, “Superafim” was used in the Brazilian version of the Big Brother, etc. Still without a record deal, they released two independent EPs – Em Rotterdam Já É uma Febre in 2004 and A Onda Mortal / Uma Tarde com PJ in January 2005 – and played at TIM Festival in 2004.
In 2005, they signed with the Trama Virtual label, and in October their first album, Cansei de Ser Sexy, was released in Brazil, along with an 7-track EP CSS Suxxx, that was sold at concerts. A limited edition version of the album had a blank CD-R included, so the buyer could burn a copy of the album onto the CD-R to give away as a gift. In Brazil the album has reportedly[weasel words] sold 5,000 copies to date, but neither the album nor the singles have reached charts. Two music videos were also released: “Off The Hook” and “Alala”. “Off the Hook” was directed by guitar player Ana Rezende, and filmed at the home of band members Carolina Parra and Adriano Cintra, where CSS recorded most of their songs.
Cansei de Ser Sexy (international album): 2006–2008
In the beginning of 2006, CSS signed with Sub Pop to release their international debut album, Cansei de Ser Sexy. The first single was “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above”, released on 6 June with an accompanying video directed by Cat Solen. In July 2006, along with DJ Diplo and funk group Bonde do Rolê, they began their first international tour.
They played at various festivals across Europe in the summer of 2007. The band were also scheduled to play at the American festival Lollapalooza on 4 August 2007 but were left stranded at LaGuardia Airport en route to the American city of Chicago after an overbooking error by United Airlines. They did arrive in time for their performance at Virgin Festival in Baltimore the next day.
CSS caught an unlikely break when their song “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex” was used in a worldwide television commercial by Apple Inc. for the iPod. Due to the song’s exposure in the United States, it charted at #63 on the country’s Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest charting single in the United States by a Brazilian band to date. Coincidentally, the same song had been used in a promotion for the competing Zune media player a year prior.
Several of CSS’s songs feature on the soundtracks of video games. Their singles “Alala” and “Off the Hook” have been featured in the video game Forza Motorsport 2. The video game FIFA 08 also features “Off the Hook” Their song “Jager Yoga” features in the soundtrack of video game FIFA 09. and “Rat Is Dead (Rage)” appears in the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.
“Rat Is Dead (Rage)”, the first single to be taken from their second album was made available as a free download from the CSS website in April 2008. The band’s second album Donkey, was released on 21 July 2008 with first single proper, “Left Behind“, preceding it earlier in the month.
Third Album: 2010-present
CSS have been recording tracks for their third studio album while touring. They reportedly recorded a song in Spanish.
According to the lead singer Lovefoxxx, in an interview with MTV Brazil, the first single of the new album will be released in May. The album, also according to her, will hit store shelves August 2011, with 11 tracks. The title will also be in Spanish.
In a recent interview with Folha de S. Paulo, Adriano Cintra said that the band’s third album “is not a themed album. It has influences from clubs, reggae and punk“. Ana Rezende, however, said that “we sometimes do a reggae that nobody thinks it’s actually reggae. But in our head is very reggae”