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Album Review

Having been introduced to Cobra Starship (aka Midtown vocalist/bassist Gabe Saporta) through the ridiculously catchy "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)" from summer 2006's horror-comedy Snakes on a Planes, who could blame one for thinking the band something of a joke? The dance-pop song was almost the perfect balance of unabashed fun, absurdity, and catchiness, but it still seemed like a one-off novelty, not to mention a total shock to those familiar with Saporta through his work with Midtown. What could an entire full-length from Cobra Starship actually sound like? Lucky for everyone, Saporta was smart enough to realize these doubts going in, evidenced by the opening track on While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets, which asks, "Can you hear me now/That I'm dumbing myself down?/Is it filling you with doubt that I am who you thought?" Saporta seemingly knows this is all a bit ridiculous, but who cares when it's this fun? The sparse, acoustic song ends fittingly with "It's time to get faded because I can't think anymore." The album then launches into its main attraction of exuberant dance-rock that's shamelessly fun enough to loosen up a packed mosh pit of tight jeans and Chucks, yet smart enough amid all the raging hormones, shallowness, and sweaty grooves to not completely lose itself under the sparkling lights of excess. After all, the album is surprisingly controlled at times, complementing the over-the-top demeanor elsewhere. So where "The Church of Hot Addiction" is all power riffing and egocentric dance beats proclaiming, "Tonight I am the drug you can't deny/G A B E gonna get you high," the mellow synths of "The Kids Are All F****d Up" provide space for post-party reflection. Other tracks, like the Ted Leo co-write "Keep It Simple" and even "Pop Punk Is Sooooo '05" (which could very well pass as a remixed Midtown song), keep the album grounded instead of flying away under the example of "Bring It." A knowing wink from Saporta underlies the entire affair, and he never comes off as sardonic or superior to his audience — pretty impressive considering the MySpace pop-punk generation has something of a giant target attached to its back. Cobra Starship is truly about having a good time, oblivious to the scene police or external troubles. Taking its title literally, While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets embodies both the giddy highs and winding-down lows that come from a carefree night out on the town with friends. It's nothing more and nothing less. But that's just fine — that's really all it wants to be anyway.

Customer Reviews

Snakes on a wha?

"Isn't this the same band that made that 'Snakes on a Plane' song?!" Well, almost. Cobra Starship is the brainchild of former Midtown member Gabe Saporta. Although the members of The Academy Is..., The Sounds, and Gym Class Heroes are not present on the CD (with the exclusion of Bring It(Snakes on a Plane) ), Saporta manages to crank out a wonderfully melodic, pop-punk album you're sure to enjoy if you enjoyed Bring It(Snakes on a Plane). I would also suggest this album to fans of Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Motion City Soundtrack, and the like. Looking for good samples? Try listening to: The Church of Hot Addiction, It's Warmer In the Basement, and Send My Love to the Dance Floor...

These stars are definetly on the ship. [song+albumreview]

I've been listening to Cobra Starship since late December of 2006, and as a band, I definetly belived they where something special. Although they are not my favorite band, I was suprised how amazing they where for this being their first album, and landing a tour spot with Fall Out Boy was definelty an accompishment for them. I was not sure my exactl feelings for them until the day I went to see The Academy Is... and Cobra Starship on Honda Civic, and although both where breathtaking, Cobra Starship was amazing live. Gabe sounded incredible and the music was amazing. This techno-alternative centered band really is more than what they seem and are full of more than just high spirits. I highly reccommend them to people who like odd alternative, which is exactly what they are delivering. (: < 3 01. Being From Jersey Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry - 8/10. Although this isn't my favorite, for such an acoustic based song, it's beautiful. 02. Send My Love to the Dance Floor I'll See You In Hell (Hey Mister DJ) - 10/10. Okay, who seriously doesn't love this song? It's so full of vibe and spirit, it's a fun and classic Cobra song. 03. The Church of Hot Addiction - 10/10. Definelty one of their hardest songs, but that does nothing to the passion and soul of this song. It's upbeat and quick music with the witty and beautiful lyrics really makes this an amazing song. 04. The Kids Are All F'''ed Up - 9/10. This song is very passionate and pretty, not so much of the Cobra vibe, but still great. 05. It's Warmer In the Basement - 9/10. All I know about this song is what Gabe said at the concert - "Our next song is about when you love your girlfriend so much and you don't want anyone else to have her so you tie her up in your basement." 06. Keep It Simple - 9/10. This song is definetly not simple. It's complex and perfect. I enjoy the vocals most. 07. It's Amateur Night At the Apollo Creed! - 10/10. Another classic, I'm suprised this song isn't as big as it is in my mind. The entire song is perfect and everything meshes well. 08. Bring It (Snakes On a Plane) - Personally, I do not see it fair to rate this song because I don't know if they write it or if they only preformed it. I enjoy the appearence of William Beckett, Travis McCoy, and The Sounds, though, because more than one great band automatically makes a song good. 09. The Ballad of Big Poppa and Diamond Girl - 8/10. This song is pretty, but the part where Gabe sings in spanish really loses me into the song. Maybe if that was the ending ... 10. Pop-Punk Is Sooooo '05 - 9/10. Ahaha. I love this song. The lyrics are straight forward and pretty. It really feels like he's singing to someone. 11. You Can't Be Missed If You Never Go Away - 10/10. This, seriously, reminds me of a realy good Simple Plan song. It sounds to inncocent and the vocals are beautiful.

A fun album to jam out, party, or dance to...

I've been looking forward to this album ever since hearing that former Midtown frontman, Gabe Saporta, was taking a break from being so serious and had decided to have some fun with this project. I saw these guys live in Poughkeepsie in September, and they were definitely having a blast. The album itself is highly dance-able, with tons of humor and just straight forward fun tracks to rock out to. It reminds me a bit of Head Automatica's earlier stuff, with more of a pop punk edge to it. Don't download this looking for a Midtown CD, because you won't find it. But Saporta's voice is still mesmerizing here, and the use of boards and synths in most of the songs adds to the high spirited album that you hear now. Just pop on the album and be ready to laugh and get your groove on, regardless of your dancing ability.


Formed: 2005 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As the legend of Cobra Starship would have it, frontman Gabe Saporta fled into the deserts of Arizona one day to find the true meaning of his existence away from his emo-rock band, Midtown. Saporta spent days and nights pondering life, mysterious lights constantly plaguing the nighttime sky above him. One distinct night, the lights became so mesmerizing that Gabe became catatonic and started levitating into the air. A snake suddenly came out of nowhere, bit his neck, and he awoke to find a talking...
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