After (almost) a decade of being a band, electro-pop act Cobra Starship have officially announced they have broken up. On Tuesday (Nov. 10), a post on the band’s Twitter and Facebook page, confirmed the saddening news that the “Snakes on a Plane” group was disbanding. In a long post written on the band’s website, frontman Gabe Saporta reveals that he had made “the difficult decision to close the book on Cobra Starship.”
Instead of continuing on with the band and putting out mediocre music, the singer writes “I know that sometimes when things go on for too long, that magic can start to fade … And as hard as it is for all of us, I would rather close this chapter of our lives and be able to look back on it fondly than allow something that means so much to us stagnate.”
In an interview with Billboard that coincided with the announcement, Saporta explains his next project as well as if there is any possibilities of a farewell tour or if never-before-heard music might be released in the future. “I’m not opposed to doing farewell shows,” begins Saporta. “For me right now, we don’t want to release anything that we just had, and have it be half-assed… For me it’s like, do it one hundred percent, or don’t do it.”
But while Cobra Starship is no more, the former frontman explains that his future will feature a music-oriented business. Instead of being in front of the crowds like he was with Cobra and his former band Midtown, he will be helping the musicians on the backend. As uncovered in the interview, Saporta explained how a contract dispute featuring Midtown led him to managing other bands “in the scene” during that time.
“In the early days of Midtown, we got into a really bad contract dispute and couldn’t release anything. So I was just like, I’m going to manage bands and learn from the inside,” explains Saporta. “I managed this band [now-defunct] Armor For Sleep. When Midtown got out of its contract, I met Crush [Management], which was the management for Cobra and at the end of Midtown, too. The reason we went with Crush was because they took my assistant and they took Armor For Sleep. I couldn’t do [Cobra Starship and management] at once, but I still loved the business.”
Cobra Starship’s last studio album was 2011’s Night Shades while their last new song was their joint track with Icona Pop, 2014’s “Never Been in Love.”