Throughout 2020 and 2021, we’ve seen the return of many scenesters from the 2000s making a comeback, from 3OH!3 to The Summer Set. We’ve even seen new artists like Sydney’s Necronata attempt to recreate and capture the buzzy, electro-popcore sound that was born out of the MySpace days.
But THIS. This is the throwback we’ve been waiting for! Cobra Starship have returned to the spotlight as a once off and dug up two unreleased tracks from the band’s career. ‘Beautiful Life’ is the first of two tracks titled Tracks to the Future which make up the band’s two-track addition as part of Fueled By Ramen’s 25-year celebration.
But allow me to recap the band’s history for a moment first. Led by frontman Gabe Saporta, Cobra Starship gained prominence throughout 2007 and 2011, namely through their hit albums Viva La Cobra, Hot Mess and Nightshade. Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz signed them to Fueled by Ramen, where they unveiled underground electro-pop anthems in ‘The City Is At War’ and ‘Guilty Pleasure’ and things kinda just blew up for them from there. While the last big track we heard from them was ‘You Make Me Feel…’ in 2011, no doubt everyone will resonate most with the reverent party pop soundtrack of the mid 2000s, ‘Good Girls Go Bad’, featuring Gossip Girl actress, Leighton Meester.
While ‘Beautiful Life’ doesn’t quite hit as big as ‘Good Girls’ does, the song does see Cobra Starship reminisce their golden era in 2000s emo pop. Luring us in with a feelgood electro-pop hook, ‘Beautiful Life’ acts as the perfect nostalgia for our younger days and to be honest, kinda needed a little more Leighton or Sabi (from ‘You Make Me Feel…’)
I am truly intrigued by this refreshingly edgy pop style and while I do wish Cobra Starship were really getting back together, at least they’ve still got some banger records in the vault for us to hit repeat on!
Words by Tamara May @citylightstam
Stream ‘Beautiful Life’ here
Cobra Starship’s other track ‘Party with You’ will drop on November 19th. Pre-save here