Cosmo Jarvis

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Cosmo Jarvis
Cosmo Jarvis.jpg
October, 2013
Background information
Birth name Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis
Born (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 27)
Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
Origin Newton Abbot, Devon, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative, indie rock, indie pop, pop rock
Occupation(s) Actor, Singer-songwriter, musician, filmmaker
Instruments Vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, mandolin, banjo
Years active 2008–present
Labels unsigned
Associated acts Mad Dog Mcrea, Sticky Fingers
Website [1]

Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis (born 1 September 1989), better known by his stage name Cosmo Jarvis, is an American-born English singer-songwriter, actor 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, The Wondersmiths, Gabriella Cilmi, Gym Class Heroes, Panic at the Disco, The Sunshine Underground, Reverend and the Makers and The Holloways.

Early life[edit]

Jarvis 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 feels no affiliation with New Jersey except that "Kevin Smith was born there and I love his work". Jarvis first started writing, recording music, and creating his first films on VHS when he was twelve. At age 16 he left education at ivybridge community college to pursue a career in music and film instead of choosing to attend a sixth form, and at 19 he released his self-titled debut album.


Jarvis confirmed his second album's title as Is the World Strange or Am I Strange? on his official Facebook page.[4] The first single released from the album is "Gay Pirates", which was released on 23 January 2011. The single's music video,[5] 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[6] and AOL's Spinner video of the day.[7] "Gay Pirates" was voted number 85 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2011, which aired on Australia Day in 2012. The album itself was given an 8.5/10 rating from Soundblab album reviews.[8] He announced in an interview with TNC that he had begun work on his first feature film, called The Naughty Room.[9] The film premièred on BBC Four on the 20/08/12, shortly after the release of Jarvis' third studio album, titled Think Bigger.[10] 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.[11] In January 2013, "Love This" came in at number 59 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2012.[12]



Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
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 September 2013 – Aus / NZ, 17 November 2013 Rest Of The World
  • Label: Speed Vs Angle
  • Format: Limited Edition CD, digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
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


Year Title Role(s)
2012 The Naughty Room Todd
2014 Spooks: The Greater Good Dani Tasuev
2015 Monochrome Gabriel Lenard
2015 The Habit Of Beauty Jerome
2016 Lady Macbeth Sebastian
2016 The Marker Steve


  1. ^ "NME Track Reviews – 10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (16/08/09)". Nme.Com. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cosmo Jarvis Isn't a Gay Pirate. He Just Plays One in His Amazing New Video!" 30 November 2010 Retrieved 18 February 2011
  3. ^ Cosmo Jarvis: "My generation is the worst". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  4. ^ Official Facebook,
  5. ^ Cosmo Jarvis (22 November 2010). "Cosmo Jarvis - Gay Pirates" – via YouTube. 
  6. ^ "Gay Pirates – Cosmo Jarvis". Record of the Day. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Gay Pirates Video by Cosmo Jarvis – AOL Music". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cosmo Jarvis – Is the World Strange or Am I Strange? – Review". Soundblab. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Interviews. "TNC Interview: Cosmo Jarvis, Part 2". The New Current. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Cosmo Jarvis Interview – The Naughty Room". TimeOut London. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "". 
  12. ^ "60-41 | Hottest 100 – 2012 | triple j". 25 January 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.