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It starts with a foot tapping lightly...you close your eyes, dry ice fills the room, a disco ball slowly lowers and your heart starts racing. In that moment you are victorious. From the distance you can hear the sound of 14 skateboards gliding across the smooth tarmac. Each person with their own tale, their own track. This is the setting, Cobra Man is here to deliver their stories, welcome to the soundtrack to New Driveway.
Rolling out of LA with wind in their hair and sweat in their synths, ready to set the skateparks on fire come Cobra Man's Andy Harry and Sarah Rayne. When the two crossed paths, their aim was to push their sound past the point of being comfortable. “Instead of filtering out the ideas some people might consider cheesy or too catchy we wanted to own them and go with it” explains Andy “We've carved out a little space for ourselves to embrace whatever fun stuff we want. There was a process between Sarah and I about choosing vibes and pacing, so in a sense the whole thing was written in different characters but under the umbrella of our personalities.”
After a move from the East Coast to LA to work in the movie business, Andy Harry met Los Angeles native Sarah Rayne (Babes) after he'd found himself with the Mull brothers (legendary skateboard guys and contributors to Thrasher) living in his bedroom, eventually they founded a DIY space and started the Worble Warehouse; a place for freedom of expression, skateboarding, music and art. First they built a stage, soon after followed their legendary parties. “It started with confetti cannons, piñatas and shredded pillows” explains Andy; but when one of their collective started building wooden structures, it escalated to the point that art installations were being built and incorporated into the parties. For example, a huge Trojan horse was built with a person hiding inside throwing ice cold beers into the crowd while the parties commenced. Without intending it, Cobra Man had, with the help of a few skate kids, started their own modern day Studio 54 or The Loft, the legendary Cobra Man live performances would come to be the foundation for New Driveway.
It's a lo-fi punk journey through bastardised arpeggiated Italo-disco for the Thrasher generation, you'll hear that in tracks like 'Magic Hour'. Whereas 'Weekend Special' conjures up a pixilated streets of rage style call to arms, busting your way through the jocks with the Skatt Bros blasting in your headphones. Lazyman turns the guitars up to 11 and lays on the thick Goner sound we all know and love, but never strays from the disco and punk infused soul of Cobra Man.
The debut album is inspired by The Worble Collective and skateboarding vids (In fact many of their tunes have been used on high profile Thrasher skate vids) with bass lines being laid down on a battered old 80's Diamond bass, soaring synth melodies, Daft Punk strings and euphoric vocal hooks. It's rammed with influence ranging from Sister Sledge to Devo, Stereolab to Black Moth Super Rainbow, Ariel Pink to William Onyeabor and ELO to The Kinks.
The New Driveway Soundtrack pushes across genres as frequently as it does environments. It's the Grease Soundtrack for the Millennial generation. This infectious neon celebration will surely freshen your spirits and loosen your hips, satisfying your innate need for classic innovation and fun... Follow us as we coast further down the New Driveway.