Latin Grammys 2018

Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta Talks New Single 'Never Been In Love,' Featuring Icona Pop

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Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship in 2014.

Check out the brand-new lyric video for 'Never Been In Love.'

"When you heard the title of the song did you think it would be a negative song?" Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta asks.

The frontman is doing an early interview to hype Cobra Starship’s so-far-untitled fifth album, coming off a modest break (since 2011’s Night Shades) during which he got married and reunited his old band, Midtown. It’s understandable that Saporta would be curious of what first-time listeners thought of "Never Been in Love," especially with a title like that. What would a sad Cobra Starship song sound like? Could such a thing exist? It’s probably for the best that we'll have to keep wondering. Get a load of Cobra's brand-new single, which comes with an assist from the ladies of Icona Pop:



"Cobra's always been a vehicle for me to collaborate with lots of people and experiment with different things," Saporta explains. He first collaborated with his Atlantic Records label mates Icona Pop via a remix of their Charli XCX-assisted hit "I Love It." The duo liked it so much that they asked Saporta to use it in their live show, which ultimately led to their appearance on the new Cobra single, which also features songwriting credit with John Ryan and Wallpaper.

Check out Cobra Starship's remix of Icona Pop's "I Love It":


Writing together, Wallpaper and Saporta both realized they'd truly fallen in love, which led to the relationship-affirming (“I know now, I've never been in love before!") vibe of the track. Saporta has been working on Cobra Starship album number five for the past "three or four months" and already has eight songs recorded, which could make the upcoming Fueled by Ramen release. He hopes to release one more single before dropping the album in early 2015.

Lately, Saporta has been inspired by early-'90s U.K. artists like George Michael, Jesus Jones and EMF, who inspired him by incorporating electronic elements and breakbeats in their music. For the new album, he's teased this sort of a throwback stadium pop vibe, to go along with the obvious millennial feel that a collaborator like Icona Pop brings. He's also mentioned "Good Girls Go Bad" and Night Shades collaborator Kara DioGuardi and rapper Hesta Prynn as guests in the new sessions.

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As for further reunions of his much-loved pop-punk band Midtown, Saporta says "nothing immediate" is planned, as it seems the brief reunion was more of a back-to-the-roots reconnecting process. However, he did recently revisit his bass-playing days on the Monumentour with Fall Out Boy, where he spelled Pete Wentz for a performance of "Death Valley" in Irvine, Calif., on Aug. 16. Saporta wore a tank top bearing the phrase "CS 8.25.14" as he played Wentz's Squire and the Fall Out Boy bassist shot a T-shirt cannon off into the crowd.