Cobra Starship comes clean about 'Hot Mess'
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The Cobra Starship party just keeps getting bigger.
Formed so onetime midtown singer Gabe Saporta could express his fun side, the Manhattan-based band has landed its first Top 10 hit, "Good Girls Go Bad," and its third album, "Hot Mess," debuted at No. 4.
"It's so crazy," Saporta says, calling from his tour bus somewhere in Kansas. "Everything's happening so fast, so it hasn't set in yet. My biggest concern is not losing our core fan who helped us get to where we are. I'm psyched that our fans are celebrating with us."
Do you feel "Hot Mess" will take you to the next level of popularity?
I hope so. We still have a long way to go. We make our albums for our fans, and hopefully we've made another album our fans will love. The albums we make are kind of like soundtracks for going out, mix tapes in themselves. But there are a lot of people who are hearing of Cobra Starship for the first time now, so hopefully they'll check out the whole record.
The album feels like a mix of a lot of stuff.
We had a lot more road bumps - one was that I had to get vocal surgery, another was a problem with Cobra. We did our first two records, and for two years we toured, and the whole point of the band was to have a great time and make people forget about their problems. . . . But we started writing the record last fall, when everything felt really serious - the election was coming, the economy was crashing - and for me, I was thinking how does a band like Cobra Starship fit in when everything's not funny anymore, when it's not time for big jokes. The result is there are definitely songs on this record that are more honest than anything we've ever done before.
And then there's "Good Girls Go Bad."
["American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi and I] finished that song in 15 minutes. We had to rework it and add our flavor to it . . . I wanted it to be like a modern-day "Don't You Want Me" with a guy-girl thing and have the production be like French electronica, so it sounded like we were having a little party. We sent it to Leighton [Meester of "Gossip Girl" fame], and it turned out just like that.
WHO Cobra Starship
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. tomorrow, The Crazy Donkey, 1058 Rte. 110, Farmingdale
INFO $20; 631-753-1975, clubloaded.com