Mondo Cozmo

Mondo Cozmo

Sego

Wed, March 1, 2017

8:00 pm

Adv tix $12.00 / DOS tix $15.00

This event is all ages

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Mondo Cozmo
Mondo Cozmo
Mondo Cozmo
A disciple of Eddie Vedder (think Vitalogy-era fuck-you-to-Ticketmaster tour), Bruce Springsteen (rabid and ready to go on Born to Run), and Jack White (Coachella 2015 when Mondo Cozmo’s wife turned to him and, “Do you think Jack White gives a fuck what his bass player thinks?”)- Thus the Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based Mohawk-ed and tattooed troubadour Mondo Cozmo was born.
Think….Dylan fronting Oasis with Beck making the beats. Mondo Cozmo has the attitude of the Manchester bands of the 90s… Working class, honest, inspirational, cautiously hopeful, and socially observational. It is a bold statement demanding attention: Future festival headliner who will have the crowd singing along to every word while the sun is setting and challenging everything you know about music in the process.
Mondo Cozmo by Mondo Cozmo
I am East Los Angeles but originally from Philly.
I am not sure if I graduated high school
I can be soulful one moment and screaming Sixes and Sevens the next.
I am the guy who orders 2 beers whenever I go into a bar and I pick up the phone whenever my mom calls.
I want to do whatever I want.
I want to connect with everyone. There is no demographic.

Influences:
Keith Richards, Chris Pratt (who told him not to sign to a label), 90’s British Music

Live Show:
Lyrically very blue collar - fuckin cut you
Live show is gonna destroy. It's gonna fuckin kill.

Visually:
Springsteen early 70's
I have a sick mohawk thing happening
Edgy, smokey, tattered clothing, rough, desert, sharp, every man

Stories:
In spring 2016 pretty much every radio station in Los Angeles started playing Mondo Cozmo’s bedroom demos

After hearing one song Spike Stent said "I don't care if you’re signed or not...I'm mixing your record."

Upon finding out he couldn’t release a song because of a clearance issue Mondo Cozmo released a video stating that if you emailed his lawyer you would receive the song for free. Prompting Jason Bentley to make it the most played song on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic

When asked by his record company to provide video evidence that he could actually perform his songs live, Mondo Cozmo responded with a live video of himself performing with the cell phone numbers and personal email addresses of the entire label staff scrolling across the screen - in front of a tv showing pornography.

Music
“Shine” – “It’s religiously sexy.”
“Hold On To Me” – “There was no plan or script for the video. We went to that old folks home and just filmed Anna Faris interacting with everyone. It was beautiful and real.”
“Higher” – Video stars Paz De La Huerta. "Wrote this for Paz after seeing the footage of the video shoot which was originally shot for ‘Sixes and Sevens.”
“Sixes and Sevens” – “I got this in one vocal take and I’m confused why people like it.”
“Come and Get It” – Spike nailed this mix. “Steven” in my manager, “Bigsy” is my old drummer. And “J-Bone” is Kasabian.
The End?
“It’s time to bring the mystery back to rock ‘n’ roll. It’s been missing. Don’t expect me to say much more.”
Sego
Sego
Sego is rhythm distilled and pure. The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Provo duo of Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll churn out percolating and pummeling beats that coalesce into persistent, spastic grooves that are just as jittery as they are danceable. Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around, their debut album (out March 4, 2015 in North America and May 6 in UK/Europe), introduces them as a band turned inside out, the rhythm section taking lead, while the guitars and keyboards add jaded, jagged texture. It’s the sound of postmillennial city life
chronicled by two millennials from rural Utah: ’80s kids updating those sounds to the ’10s and in the process rendering the familiar fresh and unfamiliar.
Spencer and Tom operate out of what they call the Cube, a warehouse in
downtown L.A. that’s part industrial-park facility, part urban hippie commune. “It’s in this weird industrial wasteland downtown,” says Spencer. “We share a perimeter with the UPS trucking yard and a cement factory.” They are upstairs in
the loft with a few other bands as roommates; downstairs is for storing gear, rehearsing, recording, and hosting the occasional concert or party.
The Cube is the locus for a small community of like-minded musicians. “Everybody’s on the same page here,” says Spencer. “We’re all trying to
accomplish similar things, so we’re all contributing to each other’s projects and
helping each other out. If you need art direction or a second opinion on a riff or whatever, someone’s always got your back.” But it also breeds some friendly competition, motivating each musician to do his or her best work.
It was here in the Cube that Spencer wrote and recorded most of the tracks on Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around and the previously released EPs Long Long Way From the Fringe (Dine Alone) and Wicket Youth (Kitsune). He locked himself up in the studio and painstakingly assembled the recordings,
often starting with drum tracks and slowing building songs up from there. “When
you start with drums, the beat naturally becomes a little more wonky, because there is all that space you have to fill. That makes it much more interesting to me. Whereas if there are all these vocals and guitars and whatever, the drumbeat is
going to get in the way if you get too complicated.”
The rhythms that propel these songs are more than just dance tracks, but
something closer to musical manifestations of Spencer’s own skewed sense of
alienation and skewed sense of self.
“I started writing songs with the intent of having someone else sing them, mostly just snippets in a notebook,” says Spencer, who has always played a sideman role in previous projects. “But other singers weren’t panning out, so I
guess it was up to me. This is my first attempt as a singer, which is a whole different scene. I was surprised by how personal it is in both the writing and the
performing. I’m not Springsteening it and writing about these characters. It’s my
life.”
That life provides some rich material. Even as Spencer and Tom have moved far away from their home state–settling in Southern California, working with famed French label Kitsuné, and signing with Toronto-based Dine Alone Records–Utah continues to define them as musicians. As a kid in a small town called Springville, Tom took to the drums as though keeping time was the family business. His grandfather is a Civil War re-enactor who plays in a fife-and-drum corps, and his father, uncles, and brothers all pound the skins in various projects.
Growing up in Mapleton, a town of about 8,000 in the north-central end of the state, Spencer's interest in rock music started early. “My buddy and I had this
pact in fifth grade. Since we were both going to be in a rock band one day, we figured one of us should join the school band to learn drums and the other should join the orchestra and play bass. We flipped a coin, and he got drums.” Spencer
studied symphonic bass throughout high school and college, yet his interests remained much broader; in addition to avant-garde composers like Bartók and Schoenberg, he was fascinated by what he calls “rough-edged non-guitarists”
like Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes and Bernard Sumner of New Order.
The pair cut their teeth in Provo’s lively DIY indie-rock scene, playing together in a breakout act called Elizabethan Report (later known as Eyes Lips
Eyes). “I pump the Provo music scenewherever I go,” says Spencer. “There are so many crazy bands that came out of there. It was so influential for both of us.”
After their band relocated to Los Angeles, signed to a label, recorded a debut, and then unceremoniously disbanded before seeing it released, Spencer and Tom stuck around the Golden State and kept making music together. The name Sego seemed fitting for their new project, as it refers to both the Utah state flower and to the short-lived Sego Music and Art Festival, “a crazy little showcase for the scene in Provo. You anchor yourself in that kind of identity. Maybe I’m sentimental, but I feel like that festival has a lot of significance for me.”
Spencer and Tom divide their time between Los Angeles and Utah, tracking parts of Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around in the Provo basement of their producer, Nate Pyfer. That sense of displacement adds crackle
to the album’s rhythms and riffs as well as emotional heft to Spencer’s candid lyrics. “There’s a certain amount of exploration in these songs, a sense of finding your own way,” he says, by way of explaining the Sego ethos. “You end up places you never thought you’d find.”
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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