Cobra Starship - Garage, Glasgow, Thu 22 May (4 stars)

Cobra Starship

This has been a long time coming for New York City-bred tykes Cobra Starship. Their last two dates in Glasgow were postponed, so third time lucky – it seems. It appears they may have booked the wrong venue however, with the crowd akin more to a youth club than a rock gig, but, hey, who cares when it’s this captivating.

Purveyors of a typically quirky electronic-rock-bop sound, it’s a little awkward for those less inclined to boogie. What kinetic frontman Gabe Saporta wants from the crowd, he gets; from the unashamed pogo-ing in ‘Send My Love to the Dancefloor’ to some fist clenching ‘hey hey heys’, the assembled mass of fringes, and their parents standing in the corner, are duly kept entertained.

It’s all about Saporta, with his shimmying and amusing banter. But some songs do stick out on their own – the intricate nature of head-banger ‘Smile for the Paparazzi’ and the tongue-in-cheek ‘Pete Wentz is the Only Reason We’re Famous’ stand out from what is a disappointingly short set. But there is a keytar. And you can’t go wrong with one of those, can you?

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