Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Album - Cobra Starship - Hot Mess

No-one will have heard of this band unless of course you happen to be American and 13 years old or me. Or have watched 'Snakes on a Plane' which despite the brilliant title is a terrible film.

Three albums in 4 years isn't bad and I saw them on the first UK tour supporting Fall Out Boy at the Manchester Apollo. The first album was pop punk in the Blink 182 kinda tradition, the second was basically Spanish pop with heavy guitars which was a bit weird but still good tunes.

Now Hot Mess is completely different again (Andy you may need to sit down) it's electropop, bongo drums, ah-ha , 80's US punk thing with a bit of rapping at the end. 'oh Andy is so going to hate this album' but he's wrong!

Right from the first track ' Nice Guys Finish Last' its filled with catchy tunes, singalong chorus's guitars and dance beats. A full on singing and dancing album to make white kids dance and with the 80's synths over some heavy drumbeats it does just that.

My favourite so far is the title track Hot Mess which is just going to be mental live, it starts off slow and pretty soon kicks in to an amazing fast chorus which is repeated 100 times at least.

So stop hating American teenage kids bands because they can write great songs too that appeal to lots of music tastes and genres. If you want a copy of the album Andy I'll bring one to the next festival haha


Score = 9.5/11


  1. So, a bit like Hanson then?

    'Mmm bop, ba duba dop
    Ba du bop, ba duba dop
    Ba du bop, ba duba dop
    Ba du'

    If they have half the talent of those lads then I can see a bright future for them. Good review.

  2. thats not very nice.
    i think you need to wash your ears out

  3. I thought that was very nice, but you are probably right about the ears, I tend to use a paper clip to clean them out, maybe I should give them a wash.

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