Cosmo Jarvis

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Cosmo Jarvis
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Background information
Birth name Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis
Born (1989-09-01) September 1, 1989 (age 24)
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Origin Newton Abbot, Devon, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative, indie rock, indie pop, pop rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, filmmaker
Instruments Vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, mandolin, banjo
Years active 2008–present
Labels Wall of Sound, 25th Frame
Associated acts Mad Dog Mcrea
Website www.cosmojarvis.com

Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis (born 1 September 1989), better known by his stage name Cosmo Jarvis, is an English singer-songwriter and filmmaker. In early 2008 he signed to indie label Wall of Sound, and his debut album Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch was released on 16 November 2009. His first official single "She's Got You" received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 as well as being amongst NME's "10 Tracks You Have to Hear This Week".[1] Stephen Fry called "Gay Pirates", Jarvis' fourth single, "wonderful" and put a link to its video on his Twitter feed.[2] Between 2008 and 2010 he performed shows alongside acts including Muse, Gabriella Cilmi, Gym Class Heroes, Panic at the Disco, The Sunshine Underground, Reverend and the Makers and The Holloways.

Early life[edit]

Cosmo was born in New Jersey, United States to an Armenian-American mother and English father.[3] As a child, he moved to Devon, United Kingdom with his family. In his own words he has stated that he has no affiliation to New Jersey, except that "Kevin Smith was born there and I love his work". Cosmo first started writing and recording music in his bedroom where he also began making his first films on VHS when he was barely twelve. His storytelling demonstrated an advanced level of sophistication, as was clear from the lengths that he would go to tell his tales; film the television and then film out of the window because that way he knew that he was telling a story.[4] Cosmo released his self-titled debut album aged nineteen, having left education at Ivybridge Community College at age sixteen to pursue a career in music and film, instead of choosing to attend a sixth form.

2010-present[edit]

Jarvis confirmed his second album's title as Is the World Strange or Am I Strange? on his official Facebook page.[5] The first single released from the album is "Gay Pirates", which was released on 23 January 2011. The single's music video,[6] which was directed by Cosmo, was a viral hit and was popular among celebrity tweeters such as Stephen Fry and John Barrowman. The song was featured as Record of the Day[7] and AOL's Spinner video of the day.[8] "Gay Pirates" was voted number 85 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2011, which aired on Australia day (26 January) 2012. The album itself was given a 8.5/10 rating from Soundblab album reviews.[9] He announced in an interview with TNC that he had begun work on his first feature film, called The Naughty Room.[10] The film premièred on BBC Four on the 20/08/12, shortly after the release of Jarvis' third studio album, titled Think Bigger.[11] Cosmo toured the UK in late 2012 supporting Mad Dog Mcrea, for whom he penned the song "Waiting on the Hill". The comedy film Hawk(e): The Movie (2013) features several songs by Cosmo Jarvis.[12] In January 2013, "Love This" came in at number 59 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2012.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK IRL
2006 19 Songs By Cosmo Jarvis
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: None
  • Format: CD, digital download
- -
2009 Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch
  • Release date: 16 November 2009
  • Label: Wall of Sound
  • Format: CD, digital download
- -
2011 Is the World Strange or Am I Strange?
  • Release date: 26 September 2011
  • Label: 25th Frame
  • Format: CD, digital download
2012 Think Bigger
  • Release date: 17 July 2012
  • Label: 25th Frame
  • Format: CD, digital download
2013 They Don't Build Hearts Like They Used To - 4 Track E.P
  • Release date: 29 Sept 2013 - Aus / NZ, 17 November 2013 Rest Of The World
  • Label: Speed Vs Angle
  • Format: Limited Edition CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK IRL EU US
2009 "She's Got You" Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch
"Problems/You Got Your Head"
2010 "Crazy Screwed Up Lady"
2011 "Gay Pirates" Is the World Strange or Am I Strange?
"Sure as Hell Not Jesus"
"My Day"
"She Doesn't Mind"
2012 "Love This" Think Bigger
2013 "Collaborating With Rihanna" Single

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role(s)
2012 The Naughty Room Writer, Director, Actor, Producer, Editor, Soundtrack

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NME Track Reviews - 10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (16/08/09)". Nme.Com. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Cosmo Jarvis Isn't a Gay Pirate. He Just Plays One in His Amazing New Video!" Afterelton.com 30 November 2010 Retrieved 18 February 2011
  3. ^ Cosmo Jarvis: "My generation is the worst". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Official Facebook, facebook.com.
  6. ^ Gay Pirates Video
  7. ^ "Gay Pirates - Cosmo Jarvis". Record of the Day. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  8. ^ "Gay Pirates Video by Cosmo Jarvis - AOL Music". Music.aol.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  9. ^ "Cosmo Jarvis - Is the World Strange or Am I Strange? - Review". Soundblab. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  10. ^ Interviews. "TNC Interview: Cosmo Jarvis, Part 2". The New Current. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Cosmo Jarvis Interview - The Naughty Room". TimeOut London. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  12. ^ http://www.hawkethemovie.com
  13. ^ "60-41 | Hottest 100 - 2012 | triple j". ABC.net.au. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-26.