Mondo Cozmo is the performing name of Philadelphia-bred, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Joshua Ostrander. Ostrander's career began as part of the alt-rock band Laguardia, who released a lone LP on Universal Republic in 2004. Along with friend and longtime bandmate Greg Lyons, he soon left to form Eastern Conference Champions, a vigorous indie rock trio who found success recording for Geffen in the late 2000s. In April 2016, Ostrander made his first bid for a solo career with the single, "Hold on to Me," his first release under the Mondo Cozmo name. Boasting a bold, expansive sound that fused Arcade Fire's epic rock stylings with hip-hop elements and folky, Dylan-esque earthiness, Ostrander dropped his second single, "Shine," in September of that year.
[Timothy Monger via AllMusic]