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Cobra Starship

When the City Sleeps, We Rule the St

(Fueled By Ramen; US: 10 Oct 2006; UK: 2 Apr 2007)

Snakes Are to Blame

At the end of the hilarious B-movie Snakes on a Plane, a music video plays for an immensely catchy song (called “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)” for the uninitiated) by “supergroup” Cobra Starship, featuring members of Academy Is…, The Sounds, and Gym Class Heroes.  It has an emo dance-rock vibe that’s undeniably stupid and brilliant at the same time.  Midtown centerpiece Gabe Saporta, who masterminded the snake-inspired summer hit, decided to go on by himself and record a full album under the Cobra Starship banner.  What’s unfortunate for him is that the quality output is about on the same level with that other band called Starship.  When the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets is emo dance-rock (as to be expected), but nothing comes close to matching the jaw-punch of a hit that was “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)”.  The song titles are almost as bad as the tunes themselves (“It’s Amateur Night at the Appollo Creed!” is pretty high on the list [and yes, that’s how he spells it]), though for record, “Keep It Simple”—with its focused, simplistic (and catchy) center riff—manages to stand out among the crowd.  Yet the undeniable highlight is opener “Being from Jersey Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry”, mainly because Saporta strips away the drum machines and electro-rock for a simple acoustic number that never strives for funky catharsis—it simply sits there and delivers what’s missing from a lot of emo these days: actual emotion.  Now if only the rest of the album didn’t bomb as bad as the movie did…


Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album, and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.

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