Cobra Starship are part of a wave of emo rock bands that have, for better or worse, started incorporating heavy club electronics and contemporary R&B into what once was punk-pop, rendering a high-energy style of dance-emo that tends to confuse newcomers. For instance, the NYC quintet features a keytar player. While a sense of irony exists somewhere deep in the music, for the most part, Cobra Starship and their peers (Brokencyde, Hellogoodbye, Hollywood Undead) want little more than to "bring the party," as they say, and lighten the mood in the often overly earnest emo scene. The band's first album, While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets, appeared in 2006, with statement of purpose Viva La Cobra! following a year later. Slots on various touring festivals came next, with "Guilty Pleasure" and "Kiss My Sass" receiving airplay. In 2009, Cobra Starship's third album came out, Hot Mess, which featured lead single "Good Girls Go Bad."