Life Imitating Life
Iím not sure if Midtown is done or not, but if itís not they all have pretty big side projects. Running through what all of them are currently doing; Tyler Rann sings in a band called Band of Theives. Rob Hitt has his own record label called I Surrender records. Heath Saraceno was added as Senses Failís guitarist. And Gabe Saporta has Cobra Starship. Itís hard to tell how Midtown fans react to this because of how music has evolved over the past five years, some might see it as a little bit of slap to the face, some might see it as cool because Gabeís making more music, and some might be genuinely uninterested. In a way ďbeing tornĒ isnít just a good way of summing up Midtownís fans towards Cobra Starship, itís also a good way to sum up the album in general. I personally donít know whether to shake my head or tap my foot. I want to tap my foot because damn- itís catchy, but I keep shaking my head because Gabe Saporta is one of the best vocalists to ever front a pop-punk band and one canít help but think that him dressing and acting in line with the current trends is a big waste. This is the guy that looked out of place as a rock star in Midtown, never really dressed the part / never really was the part but he had a certain amount of nerdy charisma to him that was magnetic for everybody. With Cobra Starship it feels like a lot of that charisma is gone. Itís kind of like the unpopular kid becoming popular and then turning his back on everything and acting completely different. Itís a juvenile metaphor but it fits Cobra Starship accordingly. Running through the album ďBeing From Jersey Means Never Having to Say Youíre SorryĒ is a complete waste of time. Even if itís meant to be kind of a joke track itís dumb and itís bad. Sorry for not running through the tracks one by one for you here, but itís the same thing over and over, itís pop music that sits comfortably on the big line between pop-punk and dance. Itís hypocritical, itís mindless, itís dumb, but damn-it itís catchy.