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Interview:
Cobra Starship Makes A Career Out Of Moments
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Cobra Starship certainly knows how to capture a moment.

In 2006, the New York alternative rock quintet bowed with “Bring It (Snakes on a Plane),” which featured friends from several other bands and played over the end credits in the film “Snakes on a Plane.” And “Kiss My Sass,” the third single from the Cobra Starship’s sophomore album, 2007’s “Viva La Cobra!,” which was produced by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump and features one of those friends, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, whose band is riding high with its own hit, “Cookie Jar.”

“Obviously we’ve worked with Travis a lot,” notes guitarist Ryland Blackington. “The first tour we ever went on was with his band, Gym Class Heroes, so we’ve got a lot of respect for him. He hooked us up in a lot of ways, and he also helped us come up with the name ‘Viva La Cobra!’

“So we’re always involved with him in some way. Any opportunity we have to get him on a record we’ll always go for.”

Ryland, 26, says that while “Viva La Cobra!” is very much an active concern, Cobra Starship has already started working on its third album. The group recently recorded tracks in New York with producers S*A*M & Sluggo and plans to return when its current headlining tour wraps at the end of January.

“We worked every day for about three weeks and then just left and put a book mark in it,” Ryland says. “We did this one very much from the ground up; it’s still very dancey but also very poppy. We’re using a lot of synthesizers and different electronic elements we haven’t used before.

“We’ll go in after this tour to do finishing touches and vocals. We like the studio. It’s fun. I always feel excited when I say ‘I’m going to work’ and it’s going to the studio. It’s a cool place to be.”



Cobra Starship, Forever the Sickest Kids, Hit the Lights and Sing It Out Loud perform Tuesday (Oct. 14) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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