CSS (band)

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CSSCSS (band)_header_cell_0_0_0
Background informationCSS (band)_header_cell_0_1_0
OriginCSS (band)_header_cell_0_2_0 São Paulo, São Paulo, BrazilCSS (band)_cell_0_2_1
GenresCSS (band)_header_cell_0_3_0 CSS (band)_cell_0_3_1
Years activeCSS (band)_header_cell_0_4_0 2003–presentCSS (band)_cell_0_4_1
LabelsCSS (band)_header_cell_0_5_0 SQE MusicCSS (band)_cell_0_5_1
Associated actsCSS (band)_header_cell_0_6_0 EMACSS (band)_cell_0_6_1
MembersCSS (band)_header_cell_0_8_0 Lovefoxxx

Luiza Sá Ana Rezende Carolina ParraCSS (band)_cell_0_8_1

Past membersCSS (band)_header_cell_0_10_0 Wendi Bishop

Maria Helena Zerba Iracema Trevisan Clara Ribeiro Adriano CintraCSS (band)_cell_0_10_1

CSS (an initialism of Cansei de Ser Sexy) (Portuguese: [kɐ̃ˈsej d(ʒi)seʁ ˈsɛksi, [kɐ̃ˈseɪ̯ dʒɪ seɾ ˈsɛksi in São Paulo, English lit. CSS (band)_sentence_0

"Tired of being sexy") is a Brazilian rock band from São Paulo. CSS (band)_sentence_1

The band was labeled as part of the explosion of the new rave scene. CSS (band)_sentence_2

Their songs are in both English and Portuguese. CSS (band)_sentence_3

History CSS (band)_section_0

2003–06: Formation and Cansei de Ser Sexy (Brazilian album) CSS (band)_section_1

CSS formed in September 2003, consisting of a group of friends. CSS (band)_sentence_4

Their name was taken from a reported quote by Beyoncé, who allegedly declared that she was "tired of being sexy". CSS (band)_sentence_5

The band first garnered fame through the internet. CSS (band)_sentence_6

Some of its members, like Adriano Cintra, and Wendi Bishop, had been previously known in São Paulo's underground club scene, but not outside of the local alternative subculture. CSS (band)_sentence_7

Others, like Lovefoxxx, were the owners of popular Fotolog and Flickr pages. CSS (band)_sentence_8

Their collective band fotolog also gained popularity and their songs were frequently downloaded from Trama Virtual's website. CSS (band)_sentence_9

Several songs by CSS were featured in mainstream media, for example "Meeting Paris Hilton" was featured in the Latin American broadcasting of The Simple Life, "Superafim" was used in the Brazilian version of Big Brother. CSS (band)_sentence_10

Still unsigned, 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 the TIM Festival in 2004. CSS (band)_sentence_11

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 the seven-track EP CSS Suxxx, which was sold at concerts. CSS (band)_sentence_12

A limited edition version of the album had a blank CD-R included, so the buyer could burn a copy of the album to give away as a gift. CSS (band)_sentence_13

In Brazil, the album has reportedly sold 5,000 copies to date, but neither the album nor the singles have charted. CSS (band)_sentence_14

Two music videos were also released, "Off the Hook" and "Alala", their two big hits, and were directed by guitar player Ana Rezende, and filmed at the home of band members Carolina Parra and Cintra, where CSS recorded most of their songs. CSS (band)_sentence_15

2006–08: Cansei de Ser Sexy (international album) CSS (band)_section_2

In early 2006, CSS signed with Sub Pop to release their international debut album, Cansei de Ser Sexy. CSS (band)_sentence_16

The first single was "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above", released on June 6, with an accompanying video directed by Cat Solen. CSS (band)_sentence_17

In July 2006, along with DJ Diplo and funk group Bonde do Rolê, they began their first international tour. CSS (band)_sentence_18

By 2007, CSS had sold as many as 60,000 copies in Europe and the United States. CSS (band)_sentence_19

They played at various festivals across Europe in the summer of 2007. CSS (band)_sentence_20

The band were also scheduled to play at the American festival Lollapalooza on August 4, 2007, but were left stranded at LaGuardia Airport en route to Chicago after an overbooking error. CSS (band)_sentence_21

They did arrive in time for their performance at Virgin Festival in Baltimore the next day. CSS (band)_sentence_22

CSS came to wider attention when their song "Music Is My Hot Hot Sex" was used in a worldwide television commercial by Apple Inc. for the iPod. CSS (band)_sentence_23

Due to the song's exposure in the United States, it charted at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest-charting single in the United States by a Brazilian band to date. CSS (band)_sentence_24

Coincidentally, the same song had been used in a promotion for the competing Zune media player a year prior. CSS (band)_sentence_25

Several of CSS's songs feature on the soundtracks of video games. CSS (band)_sentence_26

Their singles "Alala" and "Off the Hook" were featured in the video game Forza Motorsport 2. CSS (band)_sentence_27

The video game FIFA 08 also features "Off the Hook". CSS (band)_sentence_28

In April 2008, Iracema Trevisan left the band; Cintra replaced her on bass guitar. CSS (band)_sentence_29

The band subsequently worked with a session drummer, Jon Harper of the Cooper Temple Clause. CSS (band)_sentence_30

2008–10: Donkey CSS (band)_section_3

"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. CSS (band)_sentence_31

The album, Donkey, was released on July 21, 2008, with first single proper, "Left Behind", having been released earlier in the month. CSS (band)_sentence_32

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. CSS (band)_sentence_33

2010–13: La Liberación and Planta CSS (band)_section_4

CSS recorded tracks for their third studio album, La Liberación, while touring. CSS (band)_sentence_34

They reportedly recorded a song in Spanish titled "¡Ay, Qué Horror!" CSS (band)_sentence_35

In an interview with MTV Brasil, lead singer Lovefoxxx stated that the first single of the new album would be released in May 2011. CSS (band)_sentence_36

The album, also according to her, would be released in August 2011, with eleven tracks. CSS (band)_sentence_37

The title would also be in Spanish. CSS (band)_sentence_38

In an April 2011 interview with Folha de S.Paulo, Adriano Cintra said that the band's third album "is not a themed album. CSS (band)_sentence_39

It has influences from clubs, reggae and punk." CSS (band)_sentence_40

Ana Rezende, however, said that "we sometimes do a reggae that nobody thinks it's actually reggae. CSS (band)_sentence_41

But in our head is very reggae." CSS (band)_sentence_42

The single "Hits Me Like a Rock" from the band's third album featured on the soundtrack of the video game FIFA 12. CSS (band)_sentence_43

On November 11, 2011, Adriano Cintra announced that he had left CSS and declared that he did not authorize any of the band members to use his songs in any of their forthcoming concerts. CSS (band)_sentence_44

He also stated that the reason behind his departure was due to attitude problems from other band members, claiming that they had let fame go to their heads. CSS (band)_sentence_45

It was also reported that the band members' musical incompetence was also a factor. CSS (band)_sentence_46

In an interview with Rolling Stone Brazil, Cintra said that his bandmates' unwillingness and inability to collaborate on the recording of the band's third album led him to leave the band, a decision which the band's manager was able to revert by asking him to stay. CSS (band)_sentence_47

Then, during the European tour Cintra was diagnosed with a repetitive strain injury in his hand, which made him unable to continue with the tour. CSS (band)_sentence_48

Nevertheless, as over half of the band's songs include backing tracks of Cintra playing, he expected to get paid for their use, which was agreed by the band's manager. CSS (band)_sentence_49

In spite of this agreement, on the eve of the payday Cintra received an email from the band's manager informing him that the remaining members of the band thought that he did not need to be paid his share, as he did not tour and he had other forms of income. CSS (band)_sentence_50

That, according to Cintra, was the last straw. CSS (band)_sentence_51

On July 3, 2012, Adriano Cintra gave an interview on Madrid, his latest musical project, where he stated regarding his CSS departure that he was fed up with his bandmates, who were frustrating to work with as they couldn't even play their own instruments. CSS (band)_sentence_52

CSS was not seriously deterred by Cintra's departure, playing the SOS Festival in Murcia, Spain on May 5, 2012 and the Ballroom Marfa 2012 Benefit Weekend in Marfa, Texas on May 27, 2012, performing several of their old songs. CSS (band)_sentence_53

J.R. Kurtz has been the band's touring drummer since 2010 with the addition of Nate Perry as touring bassist beginning in late 2011. CSS (band)_sentence_54

Bassist Inge Johansson has also toured with the band. CSS (band)_sentence_55

CSS' fourth album, named Planta, was released on June 5, 2013 in Japan, June 10 in the UK and June 11 in the US. CSS (band)_sentence_56

The record is their first album since the departure of multi-instrumentalist Adriano Cintra. CSS (band)_sentence_57

The first single is "Hangover". CSS (band)_sentence_58

Discography CSS (band)_section_5

Main article: CSS discography CSS (band)_sentence_59

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