In the months leading up to the release of their Hot Mess album — which, coincidentally, is today (August 11) — much has been written about [artist id="2402281"]Cobra Starship[/artist] and their rather improbable rise to fame. They have been called "the dumbest geniuses on the Internet" and one of the most hated bands
in all the land.
And the whole time this was happening, the guys (and gal) in the band have been trying very hard not to let all the attention go to their collective heads.
"I told the guys not to get too excited, because it's bad for morale," frontman Gabe Saporta laughed.
"Yeah, so we're actually really bummed out right now. We're not pumped at all," bassist Alex Suarez added. "So thanks for all the praise, but, you know, no thanks."
Of course, they're joking: Getting super famous has been part of Cobra's plan all along, even back when Saporta was recording songs for serpent-and-aviation-themed Samuel L. Jackson films and spinning yarns about spiritual quests and mystic, snake-bite-induced hallucinations. And now, with the first single off Hot Mess, "Good Girls Go Bad," rocketing up the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it looks like that plan may actually be coming true. Somehow.
"I was talking to Kara [DioGuardi, who co-wrote 'Good Girls'] ... and she was like 'I'm so happy the song's doing well, it was awesome working with you guys. I haven't had this good an experience in a while.' And I asked her why, and she said, 'Because you guys are your own band. It wasn't like I was telling you what to do,' " Saporta said. "In the pop world, stuff gets too cookie-cutter, if you're good at one thing, you keep doing it. With us, we want to collaborate with someone, we want to see what happens. A lot of groups get too precious. We're like, 'Let's make the cake ... if it tastes like sh--, f--- it, throw it out, make another cake.' "
And all that baking has led them to this. With a new album in stores and a hit single under their neon belts, Cobra Starship could be on the verge of superstardom. And if that brings on the haters, well, then so be it.
"We look at being in a band as more than just the music ... we think of it as a whole package. When we started this band, I started thinking about my favorite bands, and what it was about them. And it wasn't just the music," Saporta said. "The bands I identify with the most I know what they're like, I feel like I know that person, even if I've never met them. And that's what I want to give kids.
"When you're in a band, and you start getting bigger, you get criticized more. So what do you do? You shy away from it, you close it in. And I was like, 'You know what? If I'm going to do this, I'm going to go all the way. I'm going to invite all the world to see it.' "