Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta has gone through a lot in his personal life since Night Shades was released in 2011.
He married designer Erin Fetherson in 2013 after two years of dating and reunited with his former band Midtown earlier this year which culminated in performing a secret show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn under the pseudonym ‘Merman’ and making an appearance at the Skate and Surf Festival in May.
“That was an amazing experience,” he said on performing at Skate and Surf. “It was a great to do one last show.”
In the years since Midtown disbanded, a new wave of listeners, many of them Cobra Starship fans, fell in love with Save The World, Lose the Girl, Forget What You Know and Living Well is the Best Revenge and as a result elevated them to near cult status.
Although there are currently no plans for Midtown to record new material since the last album was made in 2004, Saporta mentions that “I don’t know if we have the time to devote to it,” he speaks fondly of the impact the band left on its fans.
“We left a great legacy,” he said, adding that it’s “Beautiful” and wants to leave that intact.
Saporta’s primary focus right now is Cobra Starship, as they recently released an infectiously catchy new single called “Never Been in Love” featuring electronic pop duo Icona Pop. The band is no stranger to electronic music as each record blends a variety of sounds including synth pop and rock.
When Cobra Starship was formed, Saporta mentioned that rock was its own thing while electronic was its own thing and they became one of the first bands to blend both genres together. With each album he says, the band is constantly looking to perfect this sound and incorporate it into the rock world.
“Never Been in Love” takes a sample of Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” and draws influences from 90′s U.K. acts like George Michael and Jesus Jones.
The track was inspired by his marriage to Fetherson as he said that: “I had to go from the guy who made ‘Good Girls Go Bad’ to a new husband.”
The band is currently in the process of recording their fifth album that Saporta hopes will be released in early 2015. According to him, longtime fans should expect the same “tongue in cheek” attitude that is present on every Cobra record.
Source: The Epoch Times
I got to thinking about transformation after listening to Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta new track, ‘Never Been in Love’. It is the season of change after all and the song is just really good. They say your body replaces itself every seven years and can result in an itch for those who find themselves in a relationship. I’m not scientist but in today’s Insta-drenched world I would say a substantial transformation occurs much more rapidly.
I first met Gabe Saporta backstage at Tommy Hilfiger’s special Amex show during NYFW back in 2011. I was platinum blonde and Gabe was an unmarried pop star rocking a bold red blazer. Both of us were at very different points in our lives – he was making good girls go bad and I was making healthy hair go dead. It was the end of an unusually brutal fashion week for me and I was drained of all vigor. Luckily Gabe was vibrant enough for the both of us. He talked electro-pop, fashion week madness and his punk filled youth. “We were always these outsiders in the pop world.” He told me.
Three years later he’s married to a fashion designer, and digging monochromatic looks and I’m living with my boyfriend, not a fashion designer, and am sporting a healthy brunette-colored ‘do. We’ve both seemed to become somewhat tamed.
He credits his marriage as the main source of inspiration behind his new track. “I went from the guy who makes good girls gone bad to being a stand up model husband” Gabe explained to me. “When you hear the title you think it’s a shattered song, but once you listen to the lyrics you get it. I have a little bit less to prove now. I feel like marriage made me go soft in terms of going to the club staying out all night and going crazy but now I feel like I have my girl to behind me to protect me.”
‘Never Been in Love’ which features guest vocals from Icona Pop – taps into Gabe’s new state of mind and fresh outlook on pop music. As ever, Gabe’s music feels wise to punk history, but viciously playful in the manner he chooses to use it. Different? Yes, certainly an open defiance against his original electro-pop sound, but still feels quintessentially Gabe touching on aspects of all his previous records: a feel good sound, incorporating electronic elements and breakbeats into the track and a splash of George Michael charm. His new look certainly reflects this lean. “When we first started we wanted to make a big splash and the world we came from was an emo dark Goth world. I was wearing bright colors and neons and now I’ve gotten myself in very monochromatic look. I’m still inspired by guys like George Michael but now keep Saint Laurent images on our mood boards. Don’t worry, I still have all the old stuff in my archives.”
For the new album, he’s talked about a throwback stadium pop attitude, to go along with his millennial and monochromatic new swagger, a vibe that was certainly highlighted by the likes of Icona Pop. He’s also mentioned “Good Girls Go Bad” and Night Shades collaborator Kara DioGuardi and rapper Hesta Prynn as guests in the new sessions. He’s currently heading out to LA, were most of his band now lives, to finish up the new album and hopes to drop the album in early 2015.
Before I sign off, Gabe has some style advice for the fellas – “Make sure to have the bottom of your pants the right length and with. I see a lot of guys who have pants that are too long and wide. Have a nice length, not too short and tapered look is really the way to go.” Word.
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“Never Been in Love” has received a glowing review from Digital Journal, and it has garnered raves from their global pop star Ed Sheeran, among other artists.
Regarding their new single, Saporta remarked, “I had been working to try a new sound. I had been looking a lot for inspiration in early 90s U.K. artists such as George Michael. I had worked with a producer for a year trying to figure out what the new sound and vibe is going to be like, since I went through a lot of personal changes. I got married, so I had to go from the guy who made ‘Good Girls Go Bad’ to a new husband. The song has a very cool vibe, and it was really cool to work with them, even though we didn’t record the song in the same studio. I was in Los Angeles and they were in Stockholm.”
He revealed that he will be going to Los Angeles next week, where he and his band will start rehearsing and they will be finishing up their album, in an effort to have it ready for an early release next year.
In addition, the band will be releasing a music video for the single that they filmed in Sweden with Icona Pop.
Saporta praised his record label, Fueled By Ramen, since it affords him the opportunity to work with some “really great people.” “We grew up the same way, and it is really cool to see your friends succeeding,” he said.
When asked what motivates Saporta from day to day, he responded, “Self-improvement, and trying to have one day better than the next. No matter how good things are, they can always be better. I look at life like a scavenger hunt, we just have to find the hidden treasures everywhere.”
He concluded, “Our fans have really been with us from the beginning. They have grown with us and they have watched our transformation. The reason I started Cobra Starship was to be able to experiment with different sounds, and explore all different types of music. I am excited that we get to keep on experimenting, and to keep coming up with new ideas and new places to look for inspiration.”
Source: Digital Journal
DJ Liam Keegans ‘Never Been In Love’ Remix was picked by Cobra Starship and he released it today. Do you like it?
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