Youth will have fun
Some groups are revelations live while others only make sense live. CSS, Brazil's answer to electroclash and world youth culture, makes records for slackers, drunkards, and people who get everything, including their music, on the internet. They are instant gratification, and their headlining set at the Red Marquee on Sunday night proved that it's no small task.
Lead singer Lovefoxxx doesn't always remain on key, but she's never off message. Partying is her mission in life and she made sure the absolutely packed shed was on her wavelength, jumping and grinding at the important junctions. The song "Let's Reggae All Night" has nothing to do with reggae, but Lovefoxxx made you forget that little flaw and appreciate her sense of fun.
The band no longer puts on a sassy, irreverent front. The Red Marquee concert was mostly characterized by a polished intent to entertain, and if individual members' chops still leave something to be desired, they're a surprisingly tight outfit, moving from bouncy disco to clean, energetic pop without any effort. And Lovefoxxx is getting better at her Japanese. She encouraged everyone to drink tonight and get really drunk in their native language, so if more than the usual number of hangovers occur tomorrow, you'll know who to blame.
Reported by Philip Brasor (2008.07.27 / 22:26)