Jonathan and Michael Rosen have been brothers their entire lives, and now they are also Cones. Growing up in San Francisco, the brothers were as close as could be - spending their free time eating cereal.
Jonathan was infatuated with pop music from day one. He cried when he realized Elvis was dead. He would build cardboard drum sets in his room and play along to the Bee Gees. In contrast, Michael had a technical and academic approach to music. Trained in piano and composition, he studied in the classical tradition, writing his first opera at the age of 16.
The two brothers are based in Los Angeles. Jonathan is an acclaimed hand-drawn animator. He has created music videos for such artists as Toro y Moi, Eleanor Friedberger, and Delicate Steve. His rock and roll dream was born on the set of HBO's Vinyl, when he played the role of Johnny Thunders. Michael is a commercial/film composer and experiential sound artist. His fiercely technical brain works in collaboration with his heightened ear to create beautiful and strange sonic environments.
The two brothers first started playing music together while living in NYC. Jonathan joined Michael’s band Icewater. Eventually, Icewater began playing as the session and backing band for Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces), helping to write and tour on her latest record New View. While on tour, Jonathan and Michael conceptualized a new project. One that would fuse Jonathan's pop sensibilities with Michael’s lush soundscapes and key-heavy orchestration. One that would rely on an entire lifetime of brotherhood - sounds that Jonathan could draw and images that Michael could hear.
In the summer of 2016 Cones recorded their debut EP Whatever You're Into in their Los Angeles studio, collaborating with friends old and new. They called the band Cones because orange is Jonathan's favorite color and he loves the shape of cones as well as putting them on his head and running around.