Cleanup took longer than setup when COBRA MAN began, arriving with spectacle and leaving devastation behind. At lawless parties all over East LA, band leaders Andy Harry and Sarah Rayne built massive art installations and invented a brand-new genre of music in the process. Now, their sexy, infectious, urgent anthems power up an even bigger party, with the whole world as their stage.
Los Angeles Power Disco didn’t exist before COBRA MAN got together, and now it’s here to stay.
Today a 7-person ensemble, COBRA MAN delivers its message with music in the spirit of classic stadium anthems. Songs like “Heatwave,” “Living in Hell,” and “Light Me Up” already account for millions of streams. COBRA MAN devotees streamed “Bad Feeling” more than 2 million times on Spotify alone.
Often eerie and mysterious but always energetic and inspired. COBRA MAN songs mix the celebratory decadence of funk, street punk, and the b-movie splatter films that once filled video stores. It’s an end-of-the-world intersection of B-52s, Daft Punk, Chic, Devo, Judas Priest, and early Ozzy.
“The vision hasn’t changed much since the beginning,” says Harry. “I grew up obsessed with 70s rock, and early 80s electro. Sarah and I bonded over our love of the same obscure disco music. There aren’t many good rock/disco crossover bands. Nobody ever gave it a good run. What was missing from a lot of music was the universal feeling those tracks evoke for me and the sense of fun in the songs.”
They make lo-fo punk and Italo disco, blended with furious fascination and purpose, and devoid of self-conscious pretension. COBRA MAN’s creative duo will never throw away a massive hook.
“They’re the kind of band with choruses that will bounce around your head for weeks,” wrote Thrasher Magazine in a glowing profile. “Even the most introverted of us will consider crowd surfing at one of their shows.” COBRA MAN actually arose from the vibrant culture famously covered by the long-running publication; Rayne and Harris joined forces to create music for skateboard company The Worble’s 2017 skate video New Driveway. Once they got going, the duo simply never stopped.
Goner Records issued the band’s debut album, New Driveway Soundtrack, the same year. Toxic Planet followed in 2018, released alongside the Worble skate collective video of the same name. The aptly titled Party Destroyer live EP made sure audiences on lockdown never forgot the vibe.
COBRA MAN wrote standalone singles “Heatwave” (2020) and “Power Up” (2021) with Bonnie McKee, co-writer on massive hits by Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Kesha. One fan on Bandcamp declared “Power Up” “a ridiculously catchy amalgamation of [‘80s] ZZ Top and Heart.”
Celebration, confidence, and fearless revelry remain at the heart of COBRA MAN. “We try to cover every part of it – well-written and well-produced music, for the people,” Rayne says. “We want to make the songs you hear when someone hits a home run or a fight breaks out at a hockey game.”