Underachievers: Acts That Found Success the Second Time Around

Midtown | Cobra Starship

Along with Something Corporate and New Found Glory, Midtown was one of the beneficiaries of the Drive-Thru Records boom of the early ’00s: After the success of 2000′s Save the World, Lose the Girl, the New Jersey band was upstreamed to a major label for 2002′s sensitive, lovelorn Living Well Is the Best Revenge. Although this well-crafted LP boasted radio-ready pop-punk and sold a hair over 100,000 copies, Midtown never quite leapt into mainstream consciousness, and the band split in 2005. Frontman Gabe Saporta’s next band, Cobra Starship, was more successful: The group’s sassy synthpunk and electropop predated the EDM boom — and when trends finally caught up to the band, they achieved two platinum singles (“Good Girls Go Bad,” “You Make Me Feel”), “Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)” and mainstream chart saturation. Cobra Starship’s success and Saporta’s charismatic, cheeky personality even had the added bonus of amplifying Midtown’s mythology; the band reunited for this year’s Skate & Surf Festival.

Source: Wondering Sounds