Interview: Cobra Starship — "Touring with Fall Out Boy was fun because I felt like I was in the old Metallica videos"
Sat, 20 Mar 2010 17:31:03
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Cobra Starship play the kind of party rock that the world needs more of.
It's danceable, infectious and downright fun. Their latest album, Hot Mess, gets the party started absolutely anywhere and anytime. In fact, in terms of "gettin' it started," The Black Eyed Peas ain't got nothin' on Cobra Starship. Live, their shows blend a raw rock 'n' roll energy with some serious electro gusto, always making for a memorable night. Now that they're partnering with 3OH!3 for a national tour, and audiences are about to be doubly rocked in the best way possible.
Cobra Starship bassist Alex Suarez sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino in this exclusive interview to discuss the upcoming tour with 3OH!3, why Hot Mess is like Studio 54 and one insane night in Japan that Cobra Starship had nothing to do with…
How did this upcoming tour come together?
I feel like it was always meant to be since we first met 3OH!3 on Warped Tour. We'd heard a lot about them and we share a lot of the same fans, so everybody was like, "When are you finally going to tour together?" We were trying to figure out what are plans were going to be for this year, and things just feel in to place when we found out 3OH!3 was available.
You guys definitely have different sounds, but it works…
They're obviously a rap duo with some rock influences, and we're a rock band with some electronic and hip hop influences as well. It all balances out. We both share that really heavy electronic element as well, and we're all sweet dudes, so it works out [Laughs]. We're all really excited about the tour.
Both bands also have a sharp sense of humor.
Totally! We bond really well in that aspect as well; we all can be pretty witty. It's all in good fun, and we all understand that too.
These days, with how shaky the business itself is, you've got to have fun.
No doubt! We both have the element of being "party bands." It makes for a fun show. Our whole motto since the beginning has been, "Don't take yourself too seriously. Enjoy what you're doing with your life." We started this band to have a good time, and that's been our thing from the start. They're similar to us in that aspect.
Is there any chance Cobra Starship and 3OH!3 will collaborate together on stage?
I'd love to actually! It's so funny you mentioned that. We did some radio shows together, and we talked about it. It'd be a lot of fun, whether it's some of us playing with 3OH!3 on one of their songs or we do a whole new song. We don't have anything yet, but something would be awesome. Hopefully, something will come out of that, because that would be fucking sweet! It would be insane. We're switching off every other night. It's sweet looking at the schedule and seeing who's headlining when and where. Obviously, we each get our own home town. It's going to be a nice little mix-up there. We haven't done a lot of areas in the Northwest on our last few tours. We haven't played Portland in forever, and I'm glad we're going to. I wish we could do this internationally too! A lot of European fans were like, "You guys have to bring the 3OH!3 tour over here!"
If it Hot Mess were a movie what would it be?
That's a really great question. It'd probably be like Studio 54 [Laughs]. To honor the true definition of Hot Mess…let's take a regular example of a girl who gets all decked up to go out. She probably goes to this club, and she's the hottest girl there. Then she just fucking goes so hard all night that by 6am, the top of her pants are unbuttoned or her skirt's all hiked up, she's passed out on the ground, maybe even lying in a pile of puke. You're just like, "Fuck, dude, that girl just went all out tonight, but you know at the beginning of the night she was definitely the hottest girl around!" There are a lot of those. It's really funny; we saw a bunch of that in Japan. We went over there for Fuji Rock Festival. Because of the jet lag and we were only going to be there for three days, Ryland and I were like, "Let's stay on New York time, so we don't have to deal with the adjustment coming back." We were waking up at like 4 in the morning. One day, we were up at five am in Japan looking for a place to get coffee downtown Tokyo. We're walking around, and the clubs and bars are going really hard at 5 in the morning. I guess Friday night is their night, but I've never seen any city rage this hard on a Friday before. The whole city was still out! I couldn't believe it; there were wasted people everywhere! We saw these girls that were probably pretty hot at one point, but they were just trashed. People were sleeping on curbs and ledges outside and there was puke everywhere. It was the biggest party in the world happened that night in Tokyo.
And you guys missed it…
And we missed it! We'd just flown in and passed out at 8 o'clock at night.
The girls end up like Mike Myers in Studio 54 at the end of the night.
No shit, tell me about it! Their makeup's running. Their friends are holding back their hair. All you can say is, "Dude, that girl is definitely one hot mess right there." I can only imagine all of the drugs and alcohol that went on in Studio 54!
You grew up a metal head, right?
That is correct! I try to bring a lot of energy to the live shows. Ryland and I get what I like to call "Tour Neck." After the first couple nights of tour, your neck is just killing you from all of the headbanging, running around and shit. Doing the big tour with Fall Out Boy was really fun because I felt like I was in all of those old Metallica videos that I used to watch, when they used to do those big tours. I loved The Year and a Half in the life of Metallica videos. I was way into it! I watched all of those big concerts. It was awesome. It comes through on "You're Not in on the Joke" with that metal breakdown on the verses. That was some of my doing. I don't know how I got away with it [Laughs]. Dreams come true, man.
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