Zero Mile + The Bowery South Present:

Mondo Cozmo

With Billy Raffoul

Terminal West

Wednesday, October 25
07:00 doors / 08:00 show
18 and Over
  • Price$15.00 - $18.00

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.”

Billy Raffoul

Billy Raffoul’ s anthemic debut single “ Driver” serves as a potent calling card for the 22-year-old singer, songwriter, and musician. His signature sound is a rough-hewn, low-timbered rock and roll that nods to the likes of Jeff Buckley, NeilYoung, and Joe Cocker, and is powered by Raffoul’ s gravelly, soulful voice and deeply felt lyrics. “ That’ s one thing for me — a song needs to be about something I’ ve experienced or something someone close to me is going through,” Raffoul says of his sources of inspiration. “ I find myself going back to moments of time from the past, picking apart these little experiences and building them into bigger things. I want people to know that the songs are genuine, that they've been lived in.” “ Driver” is one of those lived-in songs. It was inspired by his family picking up a hitchhiker one night after Raffoul and his musician father Jody played a gig on Pelee Island in the middle of Lake Erie. “ This guy was really out of it, so he ended up staying with us for a few hours,” Raffoul says. The following weekend Raffoul told his story of the hitchhiker to songwriter Simon Wilcox and songwriter-producer Nolan Lambroza during a writing session in Los Angeles. “ We turned it into something a little more sentimental, in that maybe I’ m not singing about someone being lost on the side of the road, but maybe someone lost in life who doesn't know where they’ re going or what they’ re supposed to be doing,” heexplains. Raffoul has been fairly certain of what he wanted to do with his life from a young age. He grew up in a creative family in the small farming town of Leamington, Ontario —“ the tomato capital of Canada,” as he puts it. His mother is an artist, writer, and teacher and his father Jody Raffoul is a solo artist and hometown hero who has opened for everyone from Joe Cocker to Bon Jovi. Raffoul’ s earliest musical influences come from his dad. “ The Beatles were like Jesus in our house,” he recalls, adding that he also listened to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. On his tenth birthday, Billy received a ‘ British Invasion’ -inspired guitar with a Union Jack on its front from Jody and started teaching himself to play. By 16, had bought his first real guitar —a 1968 Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty. “ It’ s the same model and year as the only one Jimi Hendrix was ever photographed playing,” Raffoul says. When Raffoul was in high school, he watched his dad headline a show for 4,000 people at his school’ s stadium. “ I remember in that moment thinking, ‘ This is cool,’” he says. “ I had appreciated music and written songs up until then, but I didn't think I wanted to be a live performer until that one show.” Raffoul’ s first paying gig was playing to long-haul drivers at a local truck stop. “ For the next three or four years I just put everything into it, playing out four and five nights a week in bars from Leamington to Detroit and back.” Every so often Raffoul would get a gig singing demos for hire. “ Just getting paid hourly to be the vocalist,” he explains. “ One day I went into the studio to sing on some Kid Rock demos. The guys heard my voice in the booth and asked if I had any original stuff. I played them two acoustic songs. They shot an iPhone video and sent it to my now-manager, who used to work with Kid Rock. The next day we drove down to Nashville.” Raffoul now splits his time between Nashville and Los Angeles where, in between playing shows, he has been collaborating with other songwriters and slowly but surely assembling his debut album. “ Since it’ s my first record it feels like I’ ve been writing it my whole life,” he jokes. In addition to “ Driver,” Raffoul is proud of another new song called “ I’ m Not A Saint,” which emerged from a conversation Raffoul had with his co-writer Julia Michaels. “ We were talking about things we do or that we shouldn’ t do, like swear too much, smoke too much, lie too much, and it just flowed from there,” Raffoul says. “ Forty-five minutes later it was done.” As he gears up to finish his debut album, Raffoul is also eager to tour and see the world. “ I’ m putting everything into this record," he says, "but I want to build my career on the live show. I want to be a true working musician." He knows that makes him sound like a traditionalist and he's fine with that. "It’ s more of the old school way of doing things," he says. "But I think that even in this ever-changing music business there will always be a thirst for live performance and that’ s what I want to do. That’ s always been the goal. Connect with people, one room at a time.”