Episode 010: Gabe Saporta (Midtown 10-Year Retrospective)
In June 2004, New Jersey rock band Midtown released Forget What You Know, their third and what would go on to be their final album. The quartet cut their teeth on Drive-Thru Records in the early 2000s, releasing albums that launched them onto tours with the likes of Blink-182, but it wasn’t until years after the group’s 2005 breakup that they achieved cult-like status. After disbanding, bassist/frontman Gabe Saporta went on to form Manic Panic-painted electro-pop act Cobra Starship, while guitarist Heath Saraceno enlisted in Senses Fail and drummer Rob Hitt founded I Surrender Records. Fans’ wishes for a reunion finally came true this year, when the band announced they would be appearing at the Skate And Surf Festival, marking their first shows in nearly nine years.
To commemorate the album’s tenth anniversary, I caught up with Gabe via Skype to talk about the situation surrounding its creation, antagonizing Butch Walker, nihilism and more. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss a single episode of the stories behind your favorite songs. Thanks for listening!