The Snake Can See You
"I have had it with these motherf*ckin' snakes on this motherf*ckin' plane!" was one of the more memorable movie quote of the summer, even if the film from which it sprung, "Snakes on a Plane," bombed"I have had it with these motherf*ckin' snakes on this motherf*ckin' plane!" was one of the more memorable movie quote of the summer, even if the film from which it sprung, "Snakes on a Plane," bombed at the box office. Still, Cobra Starship's theme song, "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)," provided a springboard for the group's debut, "While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets," due this week via Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen.
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. "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," he says.
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."