Cobra Starship Biography
Cobra Starship began in 2006 as the Alternative-Rock side-project of vocalist + bassist Gabe Saporta. He was born in Montevideo, URUGUAY and at age 4 he immigrated to Queens, New York, with dreams of becoming a rockstar. In the late '90s, Saporta formed the Emo-Punk quartet Midtown, scoring a mid-size hit with the album "Forget What You Know" in 2004.
In 2006 Saporta joined forces with Maja Ivarsson from The
Sounds, William Beckett lead singer of The
Academy Is... and rapper Travis McCoy to cut Cobra Starship's debut
single, the Hot Modern Rock top 40 hit "Snakes On A Plane (Bring
It)" which was featured on the soundtrack to the Samuel L. Jackson
comedy, "Snakes On A Plane".
The band's first album, "When The City Sleeps, We Rule The Streets", followed in October that same year. Saporta assembled a full band, this time around, featuring Ryland Blackinton on lead guitar, Elisa Schwartz on keytar, Alex Suarez on bass and Nate Novarro on drums. Issued by Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen, the group's debut record peaked at #7 on the U.S. Top Independent Albums chart also crossing over to The Billboard 200.
October 2007 saw the release of the critically acclaimed sophomore effort "iViva La Cobra!" which debuted at #80 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and spawned the alt-Rock radio minor hit single "Guilty Pleasure". The full-length disc marked the recording debut of Victoria Asher who replaced Schwartz on keytar.
Cobra Starship's third album, "Hot Mess", arrives in August 2009; the 11-song set includes the first single "Good Girls Go Bad" which features actress-turned-singer Leighton Meester.