New York City pop-punk act Cobra Starship (ask your daughters) have decided to close the book on their adventure just shy of a decade together. The band was first conceived by internet celeb Gabe Sapotara in 2006 before he enlisted the help of drummer Nate Novarro, guitarist Ryland Blackinton, bassist Alex Suarez and finishing up with the gorgeous backup vocalist/keytar player Victoria Asher were signed to Decaydance Records (founded by Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz) and toured with the likes of Panic! at the Disco, All Time Low, We The Kings, Paramore and other similar music acts (once again, ask your daughters)
In a statement on their Facebook page Gabe revealed:
“After many incredible years, I’m making the difficult decision to close the book on Cobra Starship. If you stop reading this now, I want to say thank you if you’ve ever supported Cobras in any way. Whether you came to our shows and bought merch, or simply listened to a track and shared it with a friend, you allowed us to live out the most incredible adventure, and I am eternally grateful for that.
When my dad reluctantly accepted that I was dropping out of school to pursue music, he never imagined that I would have platinum records, VMA nominations, or even be able to move out of his basement (to be honest, I even had doubts about that last point). But because of you guys, we were able to achieve more than what most kids who start jamming in their parents’ garage ever dream of. I grew up as a little idealist punk who always saw himself as an outsider, and the fact that I got to play in the main arena still blows my mind, so thank you.
To Nate, Victoria, Ryland, Alex, Halvo & Andy, I want to thank you guys for believing in my crazy vision and putting your trust in me to steer the ship. No book could ever capture the insanity of our adventures. We built this thing from scratch and we have so much to be proud of. Being in Cobras with you taught me what it takes to be a leader, and for that I will be forever grateful.
That of course begs the question: Well, where are you going bro?
The truth is that there is nothing that I am more passionate about than music. And although the time has come for me to pass the baton, nothing would be as rewarding for me as the opportunity to share my wisdom and experiences with the next generation of artists.
And so, me and my boy Mike Carden are starting a company to do just that:
Get at us. We’ll see you in 2016.
Love you guys.
And even though it’s over, just remember that Cobras never say die.”
In their defence they actually received quite a substantial amount of commercial radio airplay in Australia and were on the line-up for the 2012 Soundwave Festival, as well as countless trips on the Vans Warped Tour in the States. But if you’re still reading this wondering “who the fuck are these guys” maybe the below track will refresh your memory. If not, for the last time, ask your daughters!
Until next time, rock the fuck out