Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Cosmo Jarvis (Supporting The Sunshine Underground), 3/2/2010, ABC Glasgow

Cosmo Jarvis isn’t the most obvious choice of support for a band like The Sunshine Underground. That’s probably why there was more people at the bar than at the barrier when he took to the stage at the ABC. However, it only took him a few minutes into opener, “Clean My Room”, to grab the attention of everyone in the room. Initially it was his unconventional lyricism which got people talking, with a prime example being “I’m going to burn my room and kill my girlfriend” from said opener, but soon he had everyone immersed with his unique collection of acoustic folk-y songs.

It was plain from the outset that Cosmo’s an extremely talented musician. But he has something more than that, he has the originality and creativeness that so many singer-songwriters are lacking. His set is littered with a kaleidoscope of styles, ranging from pop to hip hop, and diverse instruments (ukuleles, mandolins…). Quite impressive considering he only played six songs.

The highlight came in the form of final song, “Gay Pirates”, a witty tale of forbidden love. With it’s highly addictive chorus and comical lyrics, it’s a perfect representation of what Cosmo’s all about.

I’m certain Cosmo gained himself a few new fans amongst the charmed crowd that night and, having already supported the likes of Muse and Reverend and The Makers , I’m sure it won’t be long before Cosmo Jarvis gains the recognition he deserves. Like a modern-day Tom Waits, Cosmo is bold, intriguing and compelling. Definitely one for the future.

Cosmo Jarvis - Crazy Screwed Up Lady

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