The Bowery Ballroom
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CSS

IO Echo

Mon, July 8, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

This event is 18 and over

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CSS’ infectious, tropical-flavored single “Hits Me Like a Rock” (featuring Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie) has become a summer favorite, perfect for both backyard barbeques and all night dance parties. Now, the track has gotten the remix treatment from Depressed Buttons, a new outfit consisting of three members of the Faint, who are signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label. Click HERE to download/stream the track.

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that you’re at a festival. What do you see around you? Badly constructed tents caked with mud, greedy mitts spilling-over with goblets of pear cider, flustered looking dinner ladies serving what’s purporting to be a lamb burger. Check, check, check. But something’s missing.
And that thing is CSS. Yes the five headed, Sao Paulo art-pop masters embodied the joyful, free spirit of festivals ever since their 2006 debut. Armed with day-glo cat-suits, judicious amounts of glitter and two albums (‘Cansei der Ser Sexy’ and 2008’s ‘Donkey’) that were filled with such four-to-the-floor bounders like ‘Move’, ‘Alala’ and of course ‘Let’s Make Love And Listen Death From Above’.
Three years is a long time but now they’re back with ‘La Liberación’. Recorded in Sao Paulo and featuring contributions from Ratatat and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, it’s both a true melding of their debut’s riotous anarchy and ‘Donkey’s grungey maturity. It also shows the band pulling off some most excellent sonic tricks and, as it turns out, pulling back from the brink that they found themselves in following their grueling touring schedule.
Adriano explains “We had been touring for years non-stop (and) we had some serious management issues.” Returning to Sao Paulo allowed the band recuperate and take stock. “(We were in) a completely different state of mind. Rested, happy, well fed, satisfied, fit and looking good!”
Lovefoxxx adds: “Being in São Paulo helped a whole lot. I don't like being a foreigner for too long. I was in love with my life. Feeling energetic. I was feeling inspired and happy."
It was in this spirit that the band finally embraced their calling as flag wavers from an alternative generation. ‘Ruby Eyes’, ‘Rhythm To The Rebels’ and the album’s title track all tackle the issue of being beautiful outsiders.
“Oh yeah, freedom is the most important thing in life,” admits Adriano “People should liberate themselves. When we came to this title we got so high, it made perfect sense with the lyrics and the feeling we were getting. FUCK EVERYTHING. Let's get undressed and listen to CSS. Let's step out of the closet. Let's paint our teeth black.”

“I think it's a celebration of our friendship,” says Lovefoxxx. “I think that this album has also a "finding your gang" feeling, like the movie "Warriors.”
For the singer, the album's centre-piece ‘City Grrrl’ was significantly autobiographical. She explains: “I revisited my teenage years while living in the suburbs of my hometown. I'd be on the floor of my bedroom making the most ridiculous clothes and glue fake colored hair or x-ray pictures on clothes. I'd be sporting goth make up at 8am and when I hit the streets people would curse me from their cars in the most aggressive way. (Calling me) 'dragqueen', 'whore'.
"I had a feeling that in a big city people were so busy that they wouldn't give a shit if they saw me walking around in my own creations. At the age of 16 I did move to the big city to live the dream. I got an internship with a designer and was finishing my school, and it's one of the things in life I feel the most proud of. I think many of our fans will relate to (the song).”
Equally, close to her heart is the break-up ballad, ‘You Could Have It All’. “When I wrote these lyrics I was with everything I own packed in boxes waiting for the moving truck,” she remembers. “This song is about a striptease of the soul, once you are deep in a relationship. When all you have you give into it you end up not having not too much left once it's over. It was one of the last lyrics I wrote for 'La Liberación.' “

The other side of the album shows the band who’ve matured way beyond their original sound. ‘Echo Of Love’ and ‘Partners In Crime’ both show wonderfully realised psychedelic/ acoustic influences, the latter features Mike Garson, who played piano on David Bowie’s “Aladin Sane”.

'La Liberación' finds the band at the peak of their powers, pushing past everything that has come before into an exciting new future.
IO Echo
IO Echo
IO ECHO is Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross. Currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album which combines grand songs with unique textures such as Japanese koto harps and Chinese violins, the band have created towering tracks with a distinctive sound early listeners have been calling "the leaders of Grunge Goth" and "New Orientalism." Their unique blend of pop melodies, dark 90′s industrial influences, and far eastern elements caught the attention of early admirers such as Florence and The Machine, TV on The Radio, and The Big Pink (for whom Leopold also plays bass) who each offered the band recent high-profile support slots on their tours. Perhaps most notably, io echo were hand picked by Trent Reznor to open for Nine Inch Nails at the band's last ever tour show. Io Echo have also recently composed the score to the Harmony Korine + James Franco film "Rebel." Their unique, genre pioneering style, both musical and visual have tastemakers proclaiming them as ones to watch. Their hometown of Los Angeles is buzzing that in time io echo could take their place next to The Cure, Garbage, Cocteau Twins, and PJ Harvey. Not bad for a band who has never released an official album.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/