New EP’ (Out 2/25) Produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno & Share First Track “Savant” (Free Download)
Upcoming Mainland Tour Dates
1/21 – New York, NY – Pianos (w/ The Teen Age, Appomattox, Leopold & His Fiction, and Hurrah! A Bolt of Light!)
1/28 – New York, NY – Pianos (w/ Secret Special Guest, FOLEY, Lewis Lazar)
New York City’s own proto-punk revivalists Mainland has announced plans for their new Shiner EP, which the band will be self-releasing on February 25th. The Shiner EP was produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno at his renowned studio in Austin, Public Hi-Fi. Recorded straight to tape, the band expands their dynamic sound on the new EP, tying together their signature punchy garage-rock guitar riffs with concrete-tight drums, rhythmic synthesizers, and driving bass lines.
In conjunction with the EP announcement, the band has premiered the first track “Savant” with IMPOSE, which is available as a free download via soundcloud below.
You can also check out this behind-the-scenes video trailer, that was filmed during the making of the EP at Public Hi-Fi.
In advance of the Shiner EP’s release, the band has also planned a January residency at Pianos, where they’ll be road-testing the new tracks before setting out on tour this Spring. Joining them throughout the month will be Slonk Donkerson, The Teen Age, Journalism, Louis Lazar, and several others.
Following the untimely loss of his father, Jordan Topf, singer/guitarist of Mainland, scraped together enough money to buy a van and set out with the band on a tour across America. Each night, the band faced a new city, new faces, boundless freedom… a creative turning point for the band’s modern take on late 70’s New York proto-punk. Despite personal troubles and uncertainty about the future, the group poured their inspiration into their new set of songs. While on tour in Austin, the band met Jim Eno (of Spoon) and began discussing plans to record the new songs at his studio Public Hi-Fi.
Upon the band’s return to New York, unsure if their plans would come to fruition, the band continued to write and demo tirelessly. They chose 4 songs, their most furious, energetic, and unrestrained to date. The band finalized the plan to record the EP with Eno, and headed back to Austin… the result is Mainland’s new EP, Shiner.
Often compared to artists such as The Smith Westerns, Television, and Palma Violets, the sound of the record reflects its various birthplaces; Downtown New York, (the birthplace of the band), Austin (the birthplace of the recordings) and California (the birthplace of the majority of the band members).
Shiner EP Tracklisting:
3. Leave The Lights On