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Though known in the U.S. mostly by their abbreviated handle, the proper name of Brazilian dance-rock sextet C.S.S. is Cansei de Ser Sexy, a Portuguese translation of a quip from Beyonce Knowles, who allegedly once claimed to be "tired of being sexy." The band formed in Sao Paulo in 2003 from a group of cross-connected art-scene socialites who eventually solidified a lineup consisting of vocalist Luisa Hanae Matsushita (who goes by the stage name Lovefoxxx), bassist Iracema Trevisan, guitarist Ana Rezende, and multi-instrumentalists Luiza Sa, Carolina Parra and Adriano Cintra. Under the keen musical direction of Cintra, a vet of Brazil's underground rock scene, C.S.S. found international attention for their high volume of downloads from Brazil's TramaVirtual, a music and social networking site. They self-released two EPs in 2004, Em Rotterdam Ja e uma Febre and A Onda Mortal/Uma Tarde com PJ, and issued their self-titled full-length LP on TramaVirtual's fledgling music label in 2005. It was re-released internationally on Sub Pop a year later, followed by wide international touring.
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