MONDO COZMO SHARES NEW MEDICINE VIA LAST GANG RECORDS
LATEST SINGLE UPSIDE DOWN ON CURRENT ROTATION SIRIUS ALT NATION
LATEST EPISODE OF THE MONDO COZMO RADIO SHOW OUT NOW
LIVE VIDEO OF UPSIDE DOWN AVAILABLE NOW HERE
LISTEN TO NEW MEDICINE HERE
WATCH NEW MEDICINE ALBUM TRAILER HERE
Toronto, ON – June 12, 2020 – Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander – shares his new album, NEW MEDICINE, today via Last Gang Records. NEW MEDICINE features album highlights Come On, Black Cadillac, Generator, which was recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor and his latest single, Upside Down, which is on current rotation on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. Each video is joined by cinematic companion videos streaming now via his official YouTube channel here. Along with the album release, a live performance of Upside Down has been shared by the band, watch here.
“When Shine’ took off at radio, the next year was spent on the road,” Ostrander says. “Playing every show, doing every meet-n-greet, every morning radio show, every podcast, interview, and after party. And why not? It was the first time anyone wanted to talk to me about music. I loved it, but by the end of the year I was pretty beat down and tired. It came to head during a video shoot in which I just completely lost it. I found myself in a situation where I lost control, and in front of the band, label, management I punched a glass door and destroyed my hand. I would spend the night in the emergency room watching them put my hand back together.”
“But I began writing,” he continues. “The tunes just poured out. I was put on medication after the hand debacle. I assumed that’s where the songs were coming from. That’s where the NEW MEDICINE title came from. But I couldn’t play guitar, enter Peter Hayes from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. He guided me. He pushed me to get the record done. As did Butch Vig, who would help me make sense of the demos I was sending to him on the daily.”
“This album sums up a lot for me. Coming to terms with the weird guilt of success, navigating a new American experience. With a numb hand.
Mondo Cozmo plans to celebrate NEW MEDICINE with a wide-ranging headline tour in 2021. In the meantime, Ostrander has just begun a series of home studio performances, dubbed the Live In Exile Sessions. The first installment – which sees him and members of his touring band linking together for a stirring rendition of the PLASTIC SOUL fan favourite, Chemical Dream – is streaming now via YouTube here
ABOUT MONDO COZMO:
Known for his work as producer, singer-songwriter, and bandleader, the Philadelphia-born and Los Angeles-based Ostrander unveiled Mondo Cozmo in 2017 and immediately proved a sensation with the project’s ecstatic debut single, Shine. The track fast ascended to #1 on Triple A charts nationwide, instantly propelling Mondo Cozmo into the pop spotlight. Tours alongside such like-minded artists as Bastille, Spoon, Vance Joy and The Revivalists followed, as did show-stealing performances at top festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and a high profile network TV debut performance of Shine on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (streaming here).
PLASTIC SOUL arrived that same year and was greeted by worldwide critical acclaim, with The Guardian hailing the collection in a four-starred rave as “wonderfully infectious, with echoes of Spiritualized (the euphoric Shine), Bob Dylan’s vocal delivery (most notably on Hold On To Me) and ACHTUNG BABY-era U2 Higher), all while retaining a strong thread of individuality. Throughout, there’s a maximalist joy at play, ideas tumbling over one another, reaching their apotheosis on the bombastic and emotionally draining Thunder.” “An endearing listen with a strikingly eclectic production,” declared CLASH. “Ostrander delivers off-kilter pop bursting with colour.” Perhaps The Independent said it best: “There's a pure energy that courses through the record…PLASTIC SOUL is superb.”
About Last Gang Records:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Operators, Lights, Chromeo, Rhye, and Sango. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company.