From the inner west suburb of Camperdown, the brothers that form Cosmo’s Midnight brought together fans and industry people alike to celebrate the launch of their debut album, What Comes Next which dropped yesterday, 15 June.
Cosmo and Patrick Liney invited guests to attend sessions between 6-8PM at the HQ of local magazine, Monster Children last night. Bursting with people and music, the venue was a perfect choice to showcase the creative direction behind the album. With the new tunes on heavy rotation, guests were able to loop around the venue which almost converted into an art space/exhibition.
The visuals for their highly anticipated debut album were from the likes of artist Charlotte Mei which shows Cosmo and Pat in their childhood room with their dog, Koa (who passed away recently – RIP Koa <3). Along the exposed brick wall which stretched to the end of the open space, hung an amass of framed pieces of artwork (which I’m now wishing were on sale) created collaboratively by the duo and Charlotte Mei. A cheeky little plinth appeared next to the artworks which displayed a clay sculpture, again courtesy of Charlotte Mei which featured a 3D interpretation of the album cover showing Cosmo, Pat and Koa together in clay form, adding a very personal and unique touch to the exhibition.
Towards the end of the space, people huddled around two areas – on the left: the free food (courtesy of the gawds at MAYBE FRANK) serving us crisp and authentic pizza made ‘the Italian way’ and a colouring-in station on the right. Yes, a colouring-in station. Reluctant at first, but giving in anyway, we coloured away with a little sign reading ‘You choose ‘WHAT COMES NEXT” – Young Henry’s in the left, red crayon in the right.
With the album playing on loop whilst we coloured away at the album cover, it almost felt therapeutic and nostalgic reminiscing of simpler times as a child. We also hung up our album cover versions as if to create an art exhibition for the people.
Looping back around, visuals of the album were projected onto a large white wall next to a merch table of t-shirts, CD’s, caps and pre-order for vinyls. Copped myself another drink and a t-shirt + CD, and over for a boogie to my already faves on the album – there was such good energy felt by all those present.
From humble beginnings in Petersham to being 2013’s Listen Out winners for Triple J’s ‘Unearthed,’ the pair have continued to redefine their sound and are true pioneers for keeping Sydney on the map of innovative music in 2018 and years to come. Check out the photos for a snippet of how the event went down.
Congratulations boys! Listen/love the new album here!
Words and photography by Christine Aukusitino.