Single Review: Cosmo Jarvis – Gay Pirates

By on Thursday, 6th January 2011 at 12:00 pm

I sometimes wonder if Cosmo Jarvis‘s birth in ‘New Joisie’ has anything to do with the comical nature of his songs. (Don’t know about you but I always looked at the Sopranos not as tough guys but as humourously bumbling.) We saw in the 2009 song ‘She Has You’ he has a good understanding of young boy/girl relationships (read our Bands to Watch feature on him from back then).

‘She Has You’ showed Jarvis has talent in writing an engaging melody, so it should come as no surprise that his forthcoming single, ‘Gay Pirates’, is similarly catchy. The difference this time? He’s decided to sing about a politically charged topic: homophobia. The press release reads “This is a single that was not designed simply to appeal to a particular audience but seeks to challenge the ignorance of today’s society by illustrating the horrors of the past.”

It’s sad to realise that the horrors touched on in this song are very real in society today. It takes special talent to write a pop song, but it takes greater talent – and indeed, greater courage – to focus on something that has divided nations. I’m curious to see if the rest of his next album to be released in late March – titled, amusingly, ‘Is the World Strange…or am I Strange?’ – will be similarly provocative.


‘Gay Pirates’ will be released on 23 January on 25th Frame Productions/AWAL.

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27th January 2011

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