By: Derek Jung
When you have the voice of a young Bob Dylan and mix it with the modern rock sensibilities of a band like Kasabian, you have a recipe for greatness. That's what Mondo Cozmo, aka Joshua Ostrander, has brought to the table over the last six months. His debut album hasn't even dropped yet, but riding the wave of popularity of his first two singles, the stoner anthem "Shine" and its follow-up "Hold Onto Me", Mondo Cozmo has cemented himself as one of the most hyped new artists of the year. When I heard that he'd be stopping at Madison Live! for a pre-Bonnaroo set, I couldn't miss it. Unfortunately for the Cincinnati music scene, most everyone else in the city did.
Joseph and I walked into an almost completely empty room. We're not exaggerating. There were probably twenty-five people there. Now, I'm all for intimate shows, but with the hype surrounding the band, I was surprised and disappointed by the Tuesday night turnout.
I was also curious what Mondo Cozmo would play. Would we get his upcoming album in full? No, unfortunately, but we did get all of the released singles and a killer cover of The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony". I'm telling you, they absolutely killed it. Joshua's vocals sound so crisp live and his stage presence is a mix of business professional and straight swagger. The band is also tight, like they've been playing together for years. The hype is definitely realized, and I can't wait to hear the full album. I'm guessing next time they come to Cincinnati, there'll be a few more people in attendance.
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