“Straight-up guitar pop is alive and well…” – Brooklyn Vegan
“Dreamy psych influences of Pet Sounds, coming out the other end resembling a stripped-down version of
fellow youngbloods The Morning Benders or Smith Westerns.” – The L Magazine
“…pop-minded take on garage rock and angular proto-punk.” – Consequence of Sound
Upcoming Tour Dates
March 7 – New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall (Shiner EP Release Party)
New York City’s proto-punk upstarts Mainland will be self-releasing their new Shiner EP, and now the band is sharing the title track “Shiner” with Consequence of Sound. “Shiner” (free download) is the second taste from the Shiner EP, having already rolled out “Savant” (free download) last month in advance of the EP’s release. Mainland will be self-releasing the EP on February 25th, which was produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno at his renowned Austin studio, Public Hi-Fi. You can also watch this short video trailer of the band hard at work in Eno’s studio. The band will also return to the stage after their January residency at Pianos on March 7th at The Studio at Webster Hall for their Shiner EP release party.
After returning from the road last year, the band continued to write and demo tirelessly. They chose four new songs, their most furious, urgent, 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. 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.
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