“This is what hard work looks like”, Mondo Cozmo announced to a packed and excitable crowd last night at the El Rey. The band has been working very hard indeed lately, touring for 180 days straight. It’s been a productive year for Joshua Ostrander, the musician behind the Mondo Cozmo moniker. Since “Shine” hit #1 on Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Songs chart in January 2017, the project has seen rising success, with crossover appeal pleasing the ears of audiences from all generations and tastes. You can see this diversity in the crowd – hipsters grooving next to middle aged father types, united in Mondo’s vibrant and impassioned performance. And boy, can the guy move – hopping across the stage and jamming whole-heartedly all the while. Tribute was paid to the rocker’s idols as well – from a pitch-perfect cover of The Verves “Bittersweet Symphony” to a moving tribute to the late, great David Bowie with a cover of “Heroes”. Mondo Cozmo himself is a rock hero on the rise. Treat yourself next time he’s in town – you won’t regret it.