Jesse Flamand and Jeremy Rompala were born a month and a day apart from each other in two small towns on the East Coast a little over an hour apart. At 18 the pair met playing small clubs around New York City. “She moved into my apartment in Harlem only a month or two after we met,” admits Jeremy. “I guess we put it up to fate and never really looked back.”
Each arriving in New York on different journeys Jeremy had only recently parted ways with his former band Against the Current, while Jesse had just released a solo 6-track EP of original songs entitled “The Lost Years.” They bonded over their shared admiration of artists such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Paul Simon.
“It’s bittersweet to think of us in those early days in the city,” Jesse reminisces “we were so naive, looking for this folk utopia in the village that just didn’t exist anymore. We were trying to follow in the footsteps of these artists we loved and ended up spending so much wasted time busking, playing at open mics and coffee shops when really the rush of change and growth was happening virtually.”
After shedding many skins including name changes, experimentation with genre, and a cross-country move the two now 22-year-olds have come fully into their own. “We figured out what we’re good at vs what we’re bad at, and we’re sticking with the good stuff,” Jesse laughs. “It took us awhile, but we figured it out.”
What they’re “good” at is crafting harmonic story-worlds that are placed ever so carefully over rhythmic, intricate pop music that makes you feel at once as if you’ve heard it before while simultaneously stumbling upon your very own secret ear-fantasy.
With cerebral harmonies and Jesse’s beautiful lilting vocals leading the way Magazine Husband’s songs are trance-inducing works of craftsmanship built on a foundation formed from years of songwriting together.
Shortly following a move to Los Angeles in January of 2019 the pair decided to begin a project the “Private Playlist.” “We were sitting on so many songs for so long,” Jesse explains “that they were just weighing us down. We needed to just let some of them out into the world. It took some of the pressure. They’re out there if you want to listen to them. But we haven’t put on this whole bravado as a small indie artist