November 10, 2015


Cobra Starship Breaks Up

Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Bing
Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Bing

Before Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta became a regular guest on Fuse or even formed his wild-and-intergalatic pop-rock group, he was the singer in a beloved emo band called Midtown. When they called it quits, New Jersey mourned. Today it looks like history has repeated itself: Cobra Starship, the band that actually made the dude famous, is no longer. We can hear you from here, N.J.!

The news arrived via Billboard. Saporta told the mag, "I’m not opposed to doing farewell shows, but for me right now, we don’t want to release anything that we just had, and have it be half-assed…For me it’s like, do it one hundred percent, or don’t do it."

Saporta released the following statement to the publication:

To me, the most rewarding thing about Cobra Starship is that we were successful not because we played the game, but because we broke the rules and paved our own way. There was something magical about how everything came together, and we were blessed to have your support and to see our dreams materialize. However, I know that sometimes when things go on for too long, that magic can start to fade . . . And as hard as it is for all of us, I would rather close this chapter of our lives and be able to look back on it fondly than allow something that means so much to us stagnate. My only hope is that we were able to be the backdrop to some of your fondest memories, and that those experiences have positively impacted you in a permanent way.

  Again, I want to thank you; and I want you to know that even though Cobra Starship is coming to an end, the things that we stood for (rooting for underdogs, taking control of your destiny, taking shots at the establishment, not taking any shit, and not taking yourself too seriously), will live on and will continue to matter to me. I hope they will continue to matter to you too.

Cobra Starship released four studio albums after breaking out thanks to an appearance on the 2006 Snakes on a Plane soundtrack (get it? Cobra Starship?). The group scored a pair of Top 10 hits, "Good Girls Go Bad" featuring Leighton Meester and "You Make Me Feel..." with Sabi.

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