Cobra Starship plays the Grog tonight.
started as a one-off project for Midtown frontman Gabe Saporta, who was recruited to pen a song for the movie Snakes on a Plane
. At the time, buzz was huge for the flick, which was about, among absolutely no other things, snakes on a plane. Once it came out, it turned to be a real drag. But Saporta’s song, “Bring It,” was a blast of white funk.
Pals like the Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy and the Academy Is . . .’s William Beckett helped Saporta make Cobra Starship’s debut album, While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets. Since then, Starship has evolved into a real band. Its latest album, Viva La Cobra!, piles on disco romps, keytar solos, and lotsa gloss. Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump produced and co-wrote all of the songs, which are almost as fun as their titles: “Kiss My Sass,” “Damn You Look Good and I’m Drunk,” and “My Moves Are White.” Plus, their gender-switching cover of “Hollaback Girl” is good for a laugh. -- Michael Gallucci
Cobra Starship, 7 p.m. Friday, January 25, at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights. The show is sold out, but you may -- may! -- be able to find some tickets on craiglist or elsewhere. For a preview, listen to “Hollaback Boy” below: