Mic Check: Cobra Starship at the Grog Shop on Friday

Cobra Starship plays the Grog tonight.
Cobra Starship 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:

Scroll to read more Music News articles
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.