Mondo Cozmo's Josh Ostrander Overcomes Personal Challenges with 'New Medicine'
"Off-kilter Pop" band Mondo Cozmo's latest album, New Medicine, arrives in the Tower shop on July 10th, and it's currently available in a number of digital formats.
Alternative singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander has shared a number of videos for the songs on the new album and the band has also released a live performance of "Upside Down".
Ostrander has been through some big personal challenges following the previous success of the band, as he explains:
"When 'Shine' took off at radio, the next year was spent on the road. 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. 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 with a wide-ranging headline tour in 2021, but Ostrander has also just begun a series of home studio performances, dubbed the "Live In Exile Sessions."
The first installment, with he and the and members of his touring band playing "Chemical Dream" is available to view now:
2.Upside Down (Album Mix)
3.Like a Bird
5.Drown in Love
7.Kicks (Positively Montauk)
9.It Fills The Room
10.Cigarette (Age of Innocence)
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