Cleveland rock greats Cobra Verde will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a tour, a new album and the reissue of three of its most important albums. The touring line-up is John Petkovic, vocals/guitar; Mark Klein, drums/vocals; Frank Vazzano, guitars/vocals; Ed Angel Sotelo, bass/vocals, Tim Parnin, guitar/vocals. It is the first time the band has toured in five years and also marks the beginning of what will be a busy 12 months. Cobra Verde celebrates its 20th anniversary by starting to record its 7th full-length. The as-of-yet untitled album will be released in 2015.
Cobra Verde will also reissue three albums on vinyl in 2015, with deluxe packages, including bonus tracks, liner notes, videos and photo booklets. Nightlife (1999): The band’s breakthrough was hailed by Rolling Stone and countless publications, including The Los Angeles Times, The Onion, Washington Post and TimeOut New York. The reissued package will include art work by legendary photographer Mick Rock. Easy Listening (2003): Called one of 2003’s best by All Music Guide, which gave it an A- and called the album “nothing less than a masterpiece of glammed-up sexual obsession, agit-pop antics and indie rock glitter.” Acclaimed around the country and spawned a number of tours. A deluxe edition will include a documentary on the band and the city it calls home, Cleveland, Ohio. Haven’t Slept All Year (2008): Songs were featured in a number of TV shows, from “Songs of Anarchy” to “Shameless,” “Entourage” and others. The deluxe package will include a compilation of soundtrack music by the band, including a much-talked-about appearance on “The OC” and a track on “True Blood” that spawned a number of home-made vampire- and sex-themed videos on YouTube and received 500,000 plays.
“Cobra Verde has always been as much of a road movie as it is a band – we could go on tour without having a show booked,” says Petkovic. “It’s always been more about the adventure and the pure joy of wandering and bumming around than the destination, than hustling T-shirts.”
We’ve always taken that same approach with our music,” he adds. “We would be happy making an album, even if it never came out and we threw it away without anyone hearing it. Some might find that as ‘not caring’ and being somehow dismissive of the art. We’ve always thought that that’s the only way to create it.”
We’ve always been too fucked up of a band to calculate every move,” says Petkovic. “The downside is that we might have enjoyed more success here or there, doing this or that. But we’ve done whatever we’ve wanted without caring how it would be judged and it’s been liberating. Unlike a lot of bands that have been together for a while, we actually enjoy doing this.”
COBRA VERDE TOUR DATES
Nov. 5, Cleveland, The Grog Shop
Nov. 7, Philadelphia, Underground Arts, Wolf Building
Nov. 8, New York, Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Nov. 9, U Street Music Hall, Washington, D.C.
All dates are with Mark Lanegan.
Photo by Walter Novak