Lost In Kostko
You're Gonna Need A Towel


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (96 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2011 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The guy from Teen Wolf has a badass pop punk band?

Lost In Kostko are an up and coming pop punk band fronted by Tyler Posey of Teen Wolf fame whose debut EP You're Going To Need A Towel breathes life into a stagnant genre. You're Going To Need A Towel is a fun and endearing ride that stays closely to the pop punk label without sounding derivative.

Composed of lead singer/rhythm guitarist Tyler Posey, lead guitarist Wilfredo Ramirez, and rhythm section Alex Gertsch and Jeremy Bauer on drums and bass respectively .Lead guitarist Wilfredo Ramirez lays down very post-hardcore influenced riffs that really separate Lost In Kostko from the rest of the pack. Lead singer Tyler Posey has a very emotional and sincere sounding voice that perfectly captures the feelings of the relatable lyrics. You're Going To Need A Towel is ripe with catchy hooks and a focused and serious tone that makes for an excellent album. Jeremy, the band's bassist, lays down a solid rhythm track with a few bass fills thrown into the mix. Alex's drums keep the beat very well without drawing too much attention away from the main melody. Wilfredo's backing vocals complement Tyler's well and add an extra dynamic as he sings both lower and higher than Tyler in different parts of the EP.

When it comes down to it, Lost In Kostko's greatest attribute is solid songwriting. This isn't your typical three chord affair. The songwriting is varied and very riff based. With the first five songs being hard rocking guitar based tracks, and the three last tracks being acoustic ballads, Lost In Kostko show their talent for catchiness and variety. You're Going To Need A Towel is chock full of upbeat and fun melodies while still retaining serious lyrics. Lost In Kostko write about heavy subjects while still retaining a bright and optimistic message, with song topics ranging from gratitude, dealing with new found fame and love and loss.

The eight songs on the EP have varying tones and themes, while still containing a similar message of optimism. Somebody starts the album off strong with a dual guitar octave chord attack and pounding drums that sets the stage for the rest of the album. Dexter has a much darker tone than the rest of the album with lyrics inspired by the television show Dexter. Dexter is the most post-hardcore influenced song on the album. Dexter has a big chorus, trade off vocals and catchy riffs that make for a very dynamic song.

The last three tracks are acoustic containing only acoustic guitar, piano, vocals and shakers. They have a very somber cold feel and are a nice change of pace from the upbeat tracks. Night starts off slow and gradually builds up for an intense and emotional finish to the song. Save It For Tomorrow is the most piano driven song with the piano adding a nice new texture to an already dynamic sound. The final track Separate Ways ends the album on a high note with it's warm guitar sound and heartwarming lyrics.

You're Going To Need A Towel is an entertaining yet deep record that has Lost In Kostko showing their true potential to grow. Their debut EP is just a taste of what is to come for a very talented and up and coming band.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I suck at reviewing, but I have to support my friend's band

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iFghtffyrdmns
November 2nd 2011


7047 Comments


pos because you're a freak without a life who cross-checked 69 names with the 68 names of my shoutbox to come up with the odd one out. weirdo.

WashboardSuds
November 2nd 2011


5043 Comments


a few punctuation issues, but otherwise nice work

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^ where at?

WashboardSuds
November 2nd 2011


5043 Comments


just here and there, here's one of them:

Jeremy, the band's bassist, lays down a solid rhythm track with a few bass fills thrown into the mix.


^ try putting commas in those locations

then some other stuff I thought I should point out:

The songwriting is varied and vary riff based.


should be very riff based

The eight songs on the EP having varying tones and themes, while still containing a similar message of optimism.


change to the Eight songs on the EP have varying tones and themes

last, I'd rewrite that last sentence, as it reads a bit weird

hope that helps man

pizzamachine
November 2nd 2011


12572 Comments


A Trebor17 review??? pos


Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man

Killerhit
November 2nd 2011


5440 Comments


The album cover

Reeks of Hard Jams Inc. Which is good. pos

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's not the actual album cover
I'll try to find it

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Here's a link to their band page and youtube account that has all the tracks if you're interested

http://www.facebook.com/lostinkostko?sk=app_178091127385

http://youtu.be/VSQeA44m_J8

foxblood
November 3rd 2011


6797 Comments


a trebor review, cool. i hope the album name is a reference to the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, but i really doubt it

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2011


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm gonna go on a reviewing rampage
The name is a reference to how Costco is a big ass store

iambandersnatch
November 3rd 2011


1496 Comments


First 2 songs sound like blue album era weezer except obviously not quite as good. Fourth song (footsteps) sounds more blink 182ish. Last song was ok.
Acoustic songs at end don't appear on spotify version of the album so can't comment.

Some potential, but 4? idk idk. 3-3.5 range imo, as the hooks aren't anything to write home about. I would say they have potential though. And until they have more material I'm sure they could kill it doing weezer covers live.

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 29th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Trebor, where can I find the acoustic songs? Stands at a 3.5 for me right now, but the acoustic songs could change my mind.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2012


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Just come to my house

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 29th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can't do. I'm grounded.

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 15th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Okay, so I finally decided. This is definitely a 4.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2012


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's gr8

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 15th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dexter and Footsteps are my jams. Of the ballads, I think Night is my favorite. I can't stand Sorry To Disappoint, though.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2012


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That one is my favorite cuz it's about STDs
Get it, sorry to disappoint




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