Surfacing in 2006 as part of the genius Snakes on a Plane marketing barrage, Cobra Starship bandleader Gabe Saporta (formerly of emo outfit Midtown) won the hearts of cult-film buffs and asymmetrically coifed teenyboppers with the flamboyant, deliberately hammy anthem "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)."And that leads the band pretty much exactly where you'd expect to find it on Saturday night for a Halloween party: At the suburb-dominant Third String Productions' Nokia Theatre show also featuring All Time Low, Boys Like Girls and a slew of other mall punk outfits.
Since, the band has enjoyed moderate success and mixed reviews, riding the increasingly thin line between pop-punk and plain old pop, pushing the "punk" element ever further from the equation with sugary melodies, sleazy synths and crunky beats. Think of it as club music for people too young to get into clubs--a demographic nailed down officially with Cobra's summer smash, "Good Girls Go Bad," which of course features Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester on guest vocals. Continue reading...
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And, while we're on the topic of mall-punk, we'll briefly mention TSPR's upcoming Christmas-themed show, Unsilent Night 3, which will take place on December 27 at Frisco's Dr Pepper Arena and will feature A Day To Remember, Senses Fail, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Oh Sleeper, Analog Rebellion (formerly PlayRadioPlay!), I Set My Friends on Fire, In Fear And Faith, Of Mice and Men, Stephen Jerzak, The Ready Set, The Summer Set, Disco Curtis, School Boy Humor, Amely, City Lights and, well, maybe your band, too.