Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ CSS

Cansei de Ser SexyWe at AMBY live by the words of CSS: “From all the jobs, the one I choose is music. From all the drinks, I get drunk off music.” Heavily addicted to their music from Cansei de Ser Sexy to their latest album La Liberación, we’re massive CSS fans. With the release of a new record having us (and the band) excited for 2013, we just had to catch up with CSS’ Luiza Sá! So we spoke with her about their “dancy-pop-rock” music, the influences of Brazil, and energetic shows!

AMBY: How would you describe CSS’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

CSS: I would just go ahead and say dancy-pop-rock.

AMBY: You released your last album La Liberación in 2011. What is the plan for the next record?

CSS: This year we are coming out with a new record yes. Things are in the making to come out before the summer!

AMBY: Which three songs are essential CSS?

CSS: I hate this questions but for today I would say “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above”, “Fuck Everything” and “Jager Yoga” damn, I don’t think I nailed it… but it’s a hard question to answer.

AMBY: How does being from Brazil influence the music CSS makes?

CSS: Being Brazilian is a very defining thing. I think just the point-of-view is totally different from someone who grew up somewhere else, like, USA, for example. It’s more in the way we express things rather than what we express. People are people in the end of the day but I think Brazilians came from a lot of diversity and sometimes obstacles so we usually try to focus on the positive side of things.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

CSS: To be nice to each other whenever possible

AMBY: What does the band have planned for 2013?

CSS: New record, new videos, touring.

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?

Luiza SáCSS: Frank Ocean, Chairlift, Twin Shadow, Ariel Pink

AMBY: You “got tired of being sexy”, but what’s a song you’ll never get tired of?

CSS: Ok, YOU KNOW that we weren’t ever too sexy to be tired of it, right? Don’t need to go over the irony of the name. I think we will never get tired of having fun with each other. We’ve been through a lot together to the point we really are family and that fun part always comes out.

AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

CSS: Once we participated on a tribute to this Brazilian musician named Raul Seixas that we were definitely not into but at the time they were paying us and getting paid was amazing.

We kind of forgot the lyrics and just butchered the song. It was a seated audience of die hard Seixas fans (I say this because everyone looked like him). Finally when we finished the song, after around 5 seconds the booing begun, slowly with a few people to everyone just booing us really loud. I could not stop laughing, that was so idiotic, the whole thing, I didn’t really feel bad for being booed in that occasion, it felt like I was inside a Woody Allen movie.

AMBY: Change is unavoidable, what is the one thing about CSS that will never change?

CSS: The energy of our live shows. Even a “bad” show was never really that bad in terms of lacking energy. That always blows my mind.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

CSS: Mainly a new record. 2012 was a great and intense year and I feel so good we got to record that year, it was a different energy.  So now I just want to share this as soon as possible, it will be great.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about CSS that nobody knows yet?

CSS: In about a month, 3 thirds of the band is going to be 30 (or over).


Thank you so much CSS, for giving us your answers!

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