What happened to Cobra Starship and where are the band members today?
The alt-pop-punk-emo group dominated the alternative charts in the 2000s and recently took TikTok by storm with their nostalgic tunes. Gabe Saporta founded the group in 2006 and enlisted guitarist Ryland Blackinton, bassist Alex Suarez, drummer Nate Novarro and keytarist Victoria Asher. In 2014 Eric Halvorsen replaced Suarez on bass and Andy Barr replaced Blackinton on guitar.
The group quickly became cult and signed to Fueled By Ramen (the first pop-punk label of the time). During their 10 years as a band, they’ve collaborated with Leighton Meester, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, and Icona Pop. They released four albums (While the city sleeps we rule the streets, Viva La Cobra !, Hot Mess and Shades of night) with two Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 titles.
The band officially resigned on November 10, 2015. In a statement to Billboard, Saporta revealed that he was ready to “hand over the baton” and work in artist management.
Saporta founded the music management company The Artist Group. He is now a father, husband of Erin Fetherston, and the couple share two children.
Novarro is a music producer and drummer for Armor For Sleep. He is quite active on his Twitter account, even sharing Cobra Starship memes.
Asher currently works for horror production company Blumhouse and is a “songwriter, musician, film producer and director,” according to his Twitter bio.
In 2019, Asher responded to a fan’s tweet that read, “When the f — is @CobraStarship gonna announce a reunion? Twenty-nine SCENE is almost done guys.” She responded, “I’m with you on this.”
Could Cobra Starship schedule a reunion? Fans seem to think so after noticing that the band has created an official and verified TikTok account. Their bio reads: “The official TikTok of the Cobra spacecraft. Fangs!”