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"Snakes on a Plane" has already reached cult status, and it hasn't even been released yet. And the band Cobra Starship is adding to the hype with the theme song, "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)," which"I have had it with these motherf*ckin' snakes on this motherf*ckin' plane!" may be the most memorable movie quote of the summer.
In fact, "Snakes on a Plane" has already reached cult status, and it hasn't even been released yet. And the band Cobra Starship is adding to the hype with the theme song, "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)," which last week debuted at No. 38 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart.
The band is the brainchild of former Midtown singer Gabe Saporta, and the single features William Beckett of the Academy Is..., Maja Ivarsson of the Sounds and Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes.
Saporta tells Billboard.com that "this recording is -- I hate the term 'solo project,' which is why I came up with the name Cobra Starship -- but this is definitely a representation of my influences and the kind of songs that I wanted to make. I have a band that I'm going to be playing with live, though."
Cobra Starship's full-length Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen album, "While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets," is scheduled for release Oct. 10.
The band came together under unusual circumstances. "Last year, I did a spoof of [Gwen Stefani's] 'Hollaback Girl,' and I was already using that name [Cobra Starship]. Then the 'Snakes on the Plane' movie came around, and it was like, 'Wow, this is fate,'" Saporta says. "The weirder thing is I had the song already -- including lyrics like 'Cheap champagne / we're going down in flames' -- before I even knew about the movie. So I just changed the vibe of the song and used 'Snakes on a Plane' as a metaphor for what the song was already about. It was meant to be."
The infectious track may surprise some Midtown fans, though, because it leans heavily towards pop. "When I first started, I was very elitist about who I wanted to listen to my music. But then I realized that's bullsh*t. I just want to make music for everybody," he says. "The attitude of Cobra Starship is to have fun. I'm not concerned with punk rock credibility. Right now I just want to have fun and make party music, but the album will also have real songs that aren't campy."
That said, Saporta promises one song on the album features 1980s freestyle group the Cover Girls. "It almost sounds like Miami Sound Machine," he says. "Their voices -- they are all Spanish girls from the Bronx -- just add exactly the right dynamic."
But despite that fun-loving spirit, Saporta isn't just riding the coattails of a possible summer blockbuster with Cobra Starship. There's definitely more to come, and soon. The band is hitting the road next month, and Saporta expects to "put out another record in like nine months."