It wasn't very long ago that [artist id="2402281"]Cobra Starship[/artist] weren't even a band, let alone certified hitmakers. Originally little more than the dream of Midtown frontman Gabe Saporta with a song in a Samuel L. Jackson flick, they hung around for a few years before breaking through to the mainstream in 2009 with "Good Girls Go Bad," their party-hearty anthem featuring "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester. Now they count Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and 30 Seconds to Mars' Jared Leto among their most fervent fans.
So, needless to say, they know a thing or two about making it big. And with MTV News' Rock Week in full swing, we decided to ask Saporta to name his favorite new band of 2010 (don't forget to check out Paramore firecracker Hayley Williams' picks). In keeping with the scale of his 2010 aspirations, which include world domination, he's gone international. Oh, and just to complete the circle, they've already gotten some "Gossip Girl" love. Here's his pick to click in 2010:
"This year, I got my eye on a French band called the Plastiscines. It's been too long that rock and roll has been dominated by bros. Or bros with a chick singer. (Or bros with a keytar player for that matter.) Once in a while, a group of girls comes along to kick us in the balls and remind us that rock and roll is not a boys' club. The Plastiscines are that band.
"Mixing a '60s aesthetic with an '80s post-punk sound, I was blown away when I saw them live. They shred. Hard. And I'm excited to hear what new sh-- they drop this year. Check out 'Barcelona' — which was produced by Butch Walker — to hear the range of what this band is capable of."
The Plastiscines' American debut, About Love, is in stores now.