Having missed Cosmo Jarvis the last time he played in Hamburg, I didn’t think twice about going when I found out he was confirmed to play Molotow again this year. I’ve kind-of-not-really become the club’s own photographer by now and got the privilege to choose who of the acts I want to shoot.
Pete, Belle and weren’t going to miss this.
Cosmo and his band got on stage pretty late, but in the end, the set was two hours long, so no one cared, really. The four-piece played hits from Cosmo’s latest album ‘Think Bigger’ as well as from his albums one and two, ‘Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch’ and ‘Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange?’. Despite lots of trouble with his guitars (one was ‘fucked’, the other had a broken string), Cosmo seemed happy to be there, got out his mandolin for two songs and played all the way through without talking much.
Interesting to mention was the crowd that night: The usual suspects, young people who enjoyed a good, not too expensive musical experience, were present as well as — families. Yes, 9-year-olds in Cosmo Jarvis shirts and earplugs surrounded by their older brothers and parents, the latter even singing along and fighting back That Drunk Guy At A Gig That Tries Opening A Mosh Pit (every gig has those).
The singer from Devon ended his set with an extended version of his hit single ‘Gay Pirates’, for which he sat down for a while and let especially his drummer bring that pirate-y feeling closer to us with his ecstatic drums. And one Facebook post later, we were all sure they’d definitely enjoyed playing:
‘Thanks so much Molotow for everyone who came and the venue for being like god damn family – can’t wait to come back.’
All pictures © S. Prahl