Cobra Starship Biography
Cobra Starship became a full-time project for Gabe Saporta after the dissolution of his previous band, Midtown. The band signed with Decaydance Records in July 2006. Their first album, While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets, was release October 10, 2006 and featured the single "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)" whose video had been featured during the closing credits of the film Snakes on a Plane earlier that summer.
Cobra Starship released their second album, ¡Viva La Cobra!, on October 23, 2007. It was produced by Patrick Stump, who was also credited as singing some backup vocals. The album has been toured heavily worldwide. Cobra headlined the Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking Tour with guests Metro Station, The Cab, and We The Kings from January to March, 2008. They also played on Warped Tour 2008 and headlined the SassyBack tour, which toured from October 7 through November 30, 2008 with guests Forever the Sickest Kids, Hit the Lights, and Sing it Loud.
The album art for the ¡Viva La Cobra! album has also been used to promote the latest edition of Apple's iPod nano in purple. It shows Gabe's trademark American Apparel purple hoodie which matches the iPod color.
Following the success of Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl", Cobra Starship recorded their own cover version, "I Kissed a Boy," in summer 2008. The song was released on August 25, 2008 on Fall Out Boy's Citizens For Our Betterment mixtape Welcome To The New Administration. Cobra Starship is one of 9 artists who participated in thetruth.com’s Remix Project, where they remixed the Sunny Side song "Magical Amount".
Cobra Starship also began the "Believers Never Die (Part Deux)" tour in the beginning of April, opening for Fall Out Boy, with other bands All Time Low, Metro Station and Hey Monday. They also performed a few shows in the UK at the end of May 2009, supported by Sing It Loud, Cash Cash and UK Band Mimi Soya.
In 2009, the band went to a cabin in Pennsylvania, attempting to lay down some tracks. They broadcasted live throughout their stay on the live camera feed site Stickam, thus creating the Shelf Kids club. After their stay, a new album was announced for a tentative release in the summer. The band has worked with Kara DioGuardi, Kevin Rudolf, KarateE! Mouse, S*A*M, Sluggo and song-writers Benny Blanco and Patrick Stump. Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester is featured on the song "Good Girls Go Bad", produced by Kevin Rudolf and co-written by Rudolf and Kara DioGuardi. The song is the album's first confirmed single, added on iTunes on May 11th and available to listen to on the band's official MySpace. Other songs include "Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We're Famous", which has been released on their YouTube channel and MySpace page. On May 8th, the album title was confirmed as "Hot Mess", with a release date of August 11. The album was leaked on the MTV website a week before its release for listening only.
The band will go on tour to promote the new album starting August 3. The tour, called Hot Mess Across The US Tour, has 21 stops and features guests like Friday Night Boys and DJ Skeet Skeet. After Plasticines dropped off the tour, Cobra Starship listed a number of bands for the fans to vote for online in a blog, The Audition won. On their official video podcast (CobraCam.tv), the band released humorous tentative titles for the album (which parodies several other notable albums) "Griller", "Tha Ryland III", and variations of their ¡Viva La Cobra! album.
They made one stop on the Warped Tour this year, playing in Salt Lake City on August 8, 2009. In Fall 2009, they are signed on to Boys Like Girls' "Love Drunk Tour" along with The Maine and A Rocket to the Moon.