CSS (Cansei De Ser Sexy)
October 1st, 2011
Time: 7:30pm MEN, 8:45pm CSS
Curfew at 10pm!
I was missing my concert / dance buddy tonight--- he couldn't make it! (I tried to dance for both of us.)
This was the FIRST show of CSS' + MEN's North American Tour. (!!!)
I arrived at Venue at around 7:45 and MEN (comprised of JD Samson, Michael O'Neil and a drummer) had already started and was performing 'Credit Card Babies," glad I didn't miss it!
I saw them perform a while back at The Biltmore, I loved their songs then, and I still love them now. This time they performed with a live drummer and their sound exploded from the stage. They had four life-sized cardboard paintings of their friends, (Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Johanna Fatemen, Tammy Hart...... and another). Interesting props. They traditionally and happily ended their half-hour (ish) set with 'Who Am I To Feel So Free,' (my favourite track) -- it was exciting to watch them, because I love their sound and I love their expression. I just wished more concert-goers there could have loved them too.
CSS came out on stage at around 8:45 and I was shaking with excitment -- I'd been waiting to see them live for so long time, and finally they were there in front of me. They started their set with "I Love You," this opening track from their 2011 release La Liberación is infectious, catchy and dance-inducing. Adriano Cintra wasn't performing with them, and I want to know why! He is one of the personalities aside from Lovefoxxx that I absolutely need to see live, CSS isn't complete without him! (I miss his vocals) --- I kid. I just really admire his mustache. Have you seen it? It's impressive.
The stage, instruments and amps had red paper hearts taped on them. After all this was "The Fall In Love Tour," so it seemed to fit the theme.
I was immediately smitten by the band and developed a huge crush on Lovefoxxx and Ana Rezende (their guitar player), she has swag.
Lovefoxxx's energy and dancing was adorable and contagious, loved it! She squirms, and reaches out to the audience, strips off her cloths dramatically to reveal jean shorts and fishnet stockings. I had a smile on my face throughout the entire show and was pleasantly surprised to see that there at the show, a handful of true CSS fans came out. It always makes the live show even better when the energy the band is giving is received and given back. [Shuffle those feet, move that body, and 'feel' the music] you know... like you should at a CSS show.
They played a select few songs from their newest release and most of my favourites off of their other records. ('Alala, Art Bitch, Fuck Everything, Hit's Me Like A Rock, La Liberación, Music is my Hot Hot Sex,' were amongst the songs performed).
(During "Red Alert" Lovefoxxx donned a fox mask and a cape and announced that "Snoop Dog" was featured in the 'rap'.... funny --- Lovefoxxx never fails to put a goofy smile on my face.)
SO glad CSS played 'City Grrrl' live, it's one of my favourites off of their newest album.
Love this song.
Memorable moments: Lovefoxx crowd surfing + Dance madness.
At the merch table after the show I high-fived Lovefoxxx, thanked her for coming and told her she was amazing. (I couldn't help but be a dork.... it's Lovefoxxx!) And there I told Michael (MEN) that it was the second time I'd seen them and that their live drummer kicked ass. Also that I missed Tammy Hart, bassist/guitarist, only to be told that Tammy couldn't make it because she was getting married to her girlfriend back in New York (?). Congrats to her!!
Photos from the show here. CSS + MEN