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Album Review

Glam and shades of new wave live in John Petkovic's post-Death of Samantha project Cobra Verde. The band behind Guided by Voices' Mag Earwhig! has its own history as an unwieldy Cleveland garage band with political activist and radio announcer Petkovic as their fearless frontman. But the music is anything but public-radio serious; entire musical phrases are lifted, like David Bowie on "Conflict" and Iggy Pop and Roxy Music at once on "Crashing in a Plane." "What Makes a Man a Man" is over-the-top cabaret; "Between the Seasons" is a symphonette. Cobra Verde should have written the score to the glam-rock tribute film Velvet Goldmine. Instead, they've got their own high-drama project, its varied moods as timeless as an old "art-rock" record.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Although many first became aware of Cobra Verde when they joined forces with Robert Pollard in Guided by Voices, they are certainly not just any ordinary backing band. The band rose from the ashes of the out of control, Cleveland-based Death of Samantha, who released three full-length albums and one EP on the Homestead label. The new group wanted to achieve a...
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