In September 2003, a group of friends formed a band in São Paulo. Sharing a mutual love of good times and unwavering interest in all things pop and art, CSS rose to notoriety with the help of a thriving creative community, underground club scene and a dedicated Internet fanbase. Lending their numerous creative talents to their new musical project, the band quickly drew legions of international followers entranced by a universally accessible, albeit original, style.
After signing to Sub Pop, their debut album Cansei de Ser Sexy (Portuguese for "Tired of Being Sexy" – allegedly a reported complaint from Beyoncé Knowles) was released in 2006, and their danceable electro/rock songs scattered with pop culture and sexual innuendo were effortlessly translated from the virtual domain to live performances. CSS became one of the most in-demand live shows from Europe to Japan, and became tour buddies with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Klaxons, Ladytron, and Diplo on an unending world tour.
Constantly on the road, the band remained fixed in the spotlight and their popularity steadily grew. Early on, The New York Times described CSS as, "a gleeful throwback to early-1980s art-school pop," on whose debut album, "smart, insubordinate fun reigns…" The Guardian declared them to be, "an unlikely, brilliantly wrong fusion of Tom Tom Club, dance culture and the Fall" and Under the Radar commented on Cansei de Ser Sexy, "CSS's debut is the real deal: eleven cuts of infectiously syncopated, tuneful post-punk that just may be the summer's perfect soundtrack".
After the flurry of interest surrounding their debut, their second release, the grungey maturity of Donkey didn't disappoint. Released in 2008, Donkey is a smart, street-ready record that displayed a band evolving and stretching their capabilities, and seamlessly captures the frenetic energy of their live shows; the visual and physical coming together of their unique sound which remains the beat at the heart of the collective's output. Utilising glitter bombs, outrageous stagewear and throwing shapes to every corner of the room, CSS's unaffectedly fun live shows never fail to turn even the most static onlookers into fearless movers and shakers.
And we're excited to announce that CSS will be joining V2 for the release of their third record, La Liberación, to be released worldwide through the Cooperative Music network worldwide (excluding Japan and Brazil) on August 29. Their third opus has been recorded in the band's own studio in São Paulo, Brazil and features collaborations with Bobby Gillespie and Ratatat.
Singer Lovefoxxx says "My mantra for this record is 'Rip Shit' and that is what we do on La Liberación". Adriano adds, "People should liberate themselves. When we came to this title we got so high, it made perfect sense with the lyrics and the feeling we were getting. FUCK EVERYTHING. Let's get undressed and listen to CSS. Let's step out of the closet. Let's paint our teeth black."
"I think it's a celebration of our friendship," says Lovefoxxx. "I think that this album has also a "finding your gang" feeling, like the movie "Warriors."
'La Liberación' finds the band at the peak of their powers, pushing past everything that has come before into an exciting new future. This is the album that, as big fans, we've always hoped they would make!