Song of the Day: CSS - Rat Is Dead (Rage)


Gregory A. Perez

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Rat Is Dead (Rage) by CSS from the 2008 album Donkey on Sub Pop.

CSS - Rat Is Dead (Rage) (MP3)

CSS, out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, had a runaway hit with their 2006 debut, Cansei de Ser Sexy. Since then, tour demands and choosing which commercial interests to provide songs to have been their biggest concerns... until now. Donkey, the group’s second effort, finds them toning things down a bit. It’s the perfect album for a group that started out as raw as CSS -- it’s crafted with precision for an audience including many who probably didn’t get it the first time around. The basic dance-punk principles remain, but the sound is more refined. The first thing a casual listener will notice is the lack of swear words in the song titles and that pop culture references have mostly disappeared throughout. But with Mike Stent (Madonna, MIA) manning the mixing board, the group is far from lost. The new album is a controlled effort to bring the band into a new and bigger arena. The one major change that occurred between albums is the loss of bassist Ira Trevisan, who left the group to pursue other interests. Drummer Adriano has stepped up to fill the position, and a session drummer now resides where he once did. CSS is on a massive tour right now, currently of the Midwest, but turning to Europe in mid-August. If possible, don’t miss out on that, and don’t miss this official video for Rat Is Dead (Rage):

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One Comment

  1. starmusicmoe
    Posted March 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    CSS always coming out with amazing songs

    Guys you need to check this one outttttt

    http://www.mtviggy.com/content/3540

    ***Enjoy***

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