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Album Review

If 2005's album of covers Copycat Killers cast doubts on Cobra Verde's ability to generate worthwhile new material, 2008's Haven't Slept All Year sets the record straight — Cleveland's masters of rock & roll swagger are still kicking out the jams, serving up 12 new tunes that deliver a bit of glam, a side portion of hard rock, some punky sneer for seasoning, and a whole lot of guitar and melodic hooks to hold the whole thing together. Haven't Slept All Year jumps out of the starting blocks with the arena-ready "World Can't Have Her" and makes plenty of detours over the course of its 35 minutes, from the country accents of "Free Ride," the pop-punk energy of "Riot in the Foodcourt," and the horn-buffered pop of "Wildweed" to the folk-rock jangle of "Haunted Heavens" and the jungle drums and off-kilter sound effects of "I Could Go to Hell for You." But the vocal thunder of John Petkovic and the crunchy guitars of Petkovic, Tim Parnin, and Frank Vazzano give this a tough and satisfying aural consistency, and as on their best work, Haven't Slept All Year makes Cobra Verde sound like first-caliber rock stars, even if the charts aren't aware of it yet. Amidst these tales of epic women and world-class partying is the sound of a band that embraces rock in the classic style, with humor but without irony, and Haven't Slept All Year would sound just fine bursting from the speakers of a jacked-up muscle car rolling through the Midwest on a Friday night, though if you own a more sensible ride somewhere else, you'll still find this will satisfy your rock & roll needs and then some.

Customer Reviews


first time i've heard of this band, and the first song i listened to was Wildweed. it has a pretty catchy beat to it. it's groovy. : )

enjoy the sounds of the Verde

This is the best band ever to come out of Ohio except for GBV. Give them a chance....Puleeze. Do it now. You will not regret it unless you are lame.

keep coming back for more

heard my new fave band on entourage and the hbo site and had to buy yet another song from "haven't slept" - world can't have her' rocks - riffy guitars, raunchy vocals, my vote for record of the year ...


Formed: 1992 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although many first became aware of Cleveland's Cobra Verde when they joined forces with Robert Pollard in Guided by Voices, they're certainly not just any ordinary backing band. They rose from the ashes of the out-of-control Death of Samantha, which released three full-length albums and one EP on the Homestead label. The new group wanted to achieve a more atmospheric sound than its predecessor, and did so by the time of their 1994 debut on Scat Records, Viva La Muerte. Combining the impact of punk...
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