Skipping, spinning and bounding on stage in multi-coloured lycra catsuits, Lovefoxxx is a rockstar pin-up like no other. Conquering crowds with childlike confidence, she sighs and screams then tumbles and surfs her way through the audience, all the while with an angelic smile – she’s punk attitude packaged as a lycra-clad doll. She’s the charismatic lead singer of Brazil’s Cansei de Ser Sexy (Portugese for ‘Tired of being sexy’), the art-school electro-pop outfit that started as a joke only to be snapped up by cult US label Sub Pop a year after forming. Currently on tour with Gwen Stefani (after playing internationally non-stop for the last 18 months), modeling for Luella Bartley’s Spring/Summer 08 collection for O’Neill and voted in the top ten cool list for NME – the world just can’t seem to get enough of the lovely Lovefoxxx. With the sweetest of smiles and love-heart tart in hand, Lovefoxxx murmurs sweet nothings about sweetheart Simon Taylor of UK’s beloved new-ravers, Klaxons – talking CSS, life and true love with Indigo Clarke as she prepares to play London’s Koko.
(Photography: Jez Tozer. Art Direction: Indigo Clarke)
When you're not holding a mic, what do you love to do most? I know you draw a lot, what else do you get up to in your spare time?
Lovefoxxx: CSS have been touring consistently since July 2006…since then there hasn’t been much free time. It's good to use the free time thinking of new ideas for the band. Ideas for tours, having fun and talking nothings and nonsense. Recently the girls and me started playing poker. But mostly, I really love taking my boy out to tea.
What’s the CSS story… Did you always dream of being a rockstar?
Lovefoxxx: When I was 13 I had a very crappy amp that you could plug a guitar, a bass, a keyboard and a mic into. It sounded like crap, but I wanted to make noise. I didn't keep playing guitar… if I had one crappy pedal to make it sound wilder I would have kept playing. When I was 19, I met Ira – now the bass player with CSS and the one who had the idea to make the band. The original idea was for me to play guitar. But I didn't have my guitar with me at our first band meeting… I was the last one to arrive and everyone else had their instruments, so Adriano said, "Ok... you should sing then." We downloaded the lyrics to Madonna’s ‘Hollywood’ on the internet and I started to "sing". It was horrible. I arrived back home thinking, "what the hell am I doing? Why do I put myself in these awkward situations?" By the third rehearsal everything made sense, we were happy, we had five songs including the "Hollywood" cover, I was screaming so loud! A few days later our first gig was booked, I remember I couldn't sleep that night… We needed a name. I was on email one day and saw a headline saying "Beyonce is tired of being sexy." I thought that was so stupid... So I logged onto my email saying "Jesus christ, I can't believe the world. Look what Beyonce has said – what if we use this as our name?" Suddenly that was our stupid name. This is the biggest proof we didn't expect nothing from this band. A year later we played at the biggest music festival in Brazil... it was horrible, but toughened our bones to make us stronger. Later we got signed to SUB POP… and it blew our minds until now.
What do you find you write your songs about – and which is your favourite song?
Lovefoxxx: I can't stand the songs from this record anymore, hahaha. For the next record Adri wrote lyrics, Luiza wrote lyrics and I wrote lyrics too, but of course it's not finished yet. There's this new song we've been playing a lot called "The Beautiful song", it's actually very beautiful. It's a very exciting song. It’s mainly about us and touring... I like the chorus
"I want to grow wrong
If we do. We can stop the time tonight
Bring all the bad ones,
you know you got it raw and yes you got it right."
How differently are you received in Brazil and the rest of the world? I read something funny Luiza said about kids in Brazil asking of CSS, "Why are you tired of being sexy when you're so ugly?"
Lovefoxxx:The last time we played in Brazil was in June 2006. We've played more times in Japan than Brazil. We are bigger in New Zealand than in Brazil. And we love it. In Brazil you are either massive like Coldplay and play in stadiums, or you are a band who plays in a furniture store for 80 people and hold your day job. It's not too inspiring or supportive. Most people hated us in Brazil, so I don't have too much warmth in my heart about playing there. I love going to Brazil to eat and drink and buy everything cheaply. Brazil is amazing as a tourist. Our biggest audience is definitely in the UK... It's amazing how music and live shows receive so much attention from the British people. Every time you turn the TV on there's new bands playing – footage of festivals and special gigs, it's something I've never seen and pay so much respect to!
Brazil aside, you’ve definitely been embraced as a sexy-cool pin-up girl... what's that like – has it changed the way you see yourself?
Lovefoxxx: When we realise this kind of things we just laugh. It's quite flattering and we always make fun of each other when we read something about each other like that.
What has it been like relocating to Dalston, East London from Sao Paolo, Brazil? How do you like living over here?
Lovefoxxx: When I'm in London it’s when my boyfriend Simon and I are not touring. We just lock ourselves inside and only leave for dinner. We need to "party" every freaking night…so when there's time off, all we want is to be with each other and make all the rest of the world disappear.
I heard you two were getting married… and have tattoos of each others names, congratulations! I remember last time we met, you were very enamoured! Are you excited or nervous - how does it feel to be getting married?
Lovefoxxx: </strong>I use to be very "bitter and proud!” I thought that being in a relationship was a waste of time. I always thought that personal goals were the only things I wanted to achieve. I thought I could reach for all my sources of inspiration from myself. I've always been ambitious about being independent. I left my parent’s house (although I love them) when I was 16, and got financial independence at 19 by doing illustrations. When I met Simon it was like BOOOOMMMMPHHHHHHH! and I'm never alone anymore. He is my best friend. He has changed me forever and I don't need anything else… I could build a house inside him and live there forever.
With you and Simon both being in successful bands, is it nice to have someone to share that experience with - and even tour with? Do you see any parallels between Klaxons and CSS's progression?
Lovefoxxx: Being in a band is insane. It changes you. You become less attached to material things. You are always packing your shampoo and clothes to take somewhere else… you also get extremely happy and sad from one hour to the other. I always think that it would be so hard to understand Simon if I wasn't in a band. I think the only way to really understand and be there for each other is sharing the same experience. Simon always says, "How many lovers have played one after the other on the same stage at Glastonbury?" We've played in almost every festival together this summer, we were playing together in countries I never imagined I'd go to. I think Klaxons and CSS are alike in mind, but not in music. It's very, very different - we are pop and very personal, where they tend to be more obscure and talk about things you see and imagine. They started by taking the piss out of things, and we were the same. The most insane crowds I've seen are always at Klaxons shows. Their gigs are on my top favorites, and sometimes Simon comes out saying "that show was horrible", when I was thinking "Jesus Christ this was one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen!"
With your own success - has their been a master-plan?
Lovefoxxx: I think the way we came about is very honest, we've never had crazy marketing. In fact, the way we released our records was probably in the worst way possible: we first released our record in Brazil in October 2005 - then in the UK and US nearly a year later. Then we re-released “Let's Make Love” for the THIRD time in March of 2007... Even I didn't understand! It's silly to measure how you are doing by counting how many records you’ve sold - you can see what's really going on when you play your own show. When the crowd is going insane and clapping, you know you’re doing more right than wrong.
When did your love affair with racy lycra catsuits begin? If you could have anyone design your next catsuit who would it be?
Lovefoxxx: Haha, no other fabric can be as tight as lycra! I’ve always worn lots of lycra… I’ve embraced it, I like people to see lycra and leotards and think of me. Lycra is perfect for touring because it dries in one or two hours! I'm very satisfied with the catsuits that Peg Noland makes for me, she is amazing and so enthusiastic. I met her through the band Tilly and The Wall. When we did a European tour together in April she sent some clothes for me and I loved them, so we started to send each other ideas… I can't wait to work on catsuit ideas with her for the next tour.
Tell me about your recent modelling job with Luella Bartley, what was that like – and did you get to keep lots of dresses?
Lovefoxxx: With Luella I did some photos for her line with O'neil. When I first stepped in the room I saw her and was so excited! I've been a fan for a long time – I love her spirit and vision. I mentioned to her that I have a folder on my computer saying, "I want it" and I kept a photo of the yellow dress of her rockabilly collection and at the end of the session she gave the dress to me… I’m wearing it now. Very very nice.
How would you describe your style and where do you love to shop?
Lovefoxxx: </strong>Right now I'm dressed like a homeless. All my clothes are dirty. CSS is now touring with Gwen Stefani, and I bought her t-shirt with tour dates on the back… This t-shirt will be so amazing in ten years time. I love to shop. I love Luella, Tsumori Chisato, Vivienne Westwood shoes, Bernard Wilhelm. The best place to shop is Japan... but there's this one store in Stockholm that sells Cheap Monday and lots of other designers that is wonderful.
Any future plans and dreams?
Lovefoxxx: I can't wait for christimas, I will spend it in England for the first time. Hopefully there will be snow! I can't wait for mince pies under the christmas tree. I want to rest… But I'm so excited to make our next record. It will be amazing. When we did our first one, we all had our day jobs... now we are only doing this and it's still hard to believe that this is our work. I can't wait to play a show only with new songs!
And finally - what's the best thing about being the lovely Lovefoxxx!?
Lovefoxxx: This is hard... It is silly, but I always think of the movie Spider-man when Peter Parker says, "With more power comes more responsibility." And this is what I feel. The world is on my back and I need to embrace it, I can't just ignore it and be crazy. But, I’m feeling like I've found love, so things will just get better.