The Norman Transcript

Sound Advice by Doug Hill

April 26, 2013

Cosmostanza promises “Big Treat” at Norman Music Festival

NORMAN — “I’m serious, we’re going to blow it out,” Raney Aboud said. “It’s going to be incredible, everyone’s in store for a big treat.”

He’s the percussionist for OKC punk rock duo Cosmostanza and was describing what their show would be like at the sixth annual Norman Music Festival 7 p.m. today at the Dreamer Concepts Stage, 324 E. Main St.

Aboud’s band mate and lead vocalist/guitarist Maxwell Moore was no less enthusiastic.

“We don’t get to play Norman a lot because there aren’t many venues for people under 18,” Moore said. “So when we do come here we like to make it a lot of fun.”

Both gents are 17-year-old seniors at Heritage Hall School. They will be incoming freshmen at University of Oklahoma this fall. Cosmostanza opened for Math the Band at an all ages Norman venue last December and their show was indeed a riot. They pulled out all the stops putting on a vigorous performance that had their audience either dancing or transfixed.

“We’re just going to go crazy and have fun,” Moore said. “When the crowd’s in to it we feed off their energy.”

Cosmostanza will be playing from their repertoire that’s been recorded on two extended-play discs titled “Rad Vibes” and “Champs.” Champs’ cover art features a photo of the duo high-fiving each other across a table holding a big pizza pie. They’re wearing ribbons with medals and surrounded by loving cups, trophies and a soccer ball. The arranged scene is for-the-win innocent and reflects a few of the band’s lyrical themes.

“It’s cool to eat pizza,” Aboud said. “No one wants to say it, but I’m going to, that’s why bands have pizza on their stuff. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ate pizza, because it’s cool.”

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