Brooklyn-based indie pop rockers Mainland first touched down in 2013, self-releasing several EPs and working the New York City circuit with sets at Rockwood Music Hall, The Jewish Museum and the Chelsea Hotel. But after signing to Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment earlier this year, the foursome quickly demonstrated their main stage potential, dropping fire-starter anthems “Outcast,” “Not As Cool As Me” and “A Bit Out Of Time,” which all showcased their penchant for massive hooks.
Today, Billboard has the exclusive premiere of the band’s full Outcast EP (out 12/4 via 300), featuring the unreleased track “Fading Friends.”
“This EP represents the four corners of Mainland’s polished-raw identity: punk, new wave, pop and disco. We are the underdogs of New York’s alt rock lineage. The future,” frontman Jordan Topf tells Billboard. “We made these recordings in Los Angeles to capture the roots of the band members with guidance of all star producer Kevin Augunas at Fairfax Recordings [formerly the famed Sound City]. We wanted to shake people up, make their hearts wander, and make them cry, laugh, rebel and dance.”
Mainland’s upcoming debut full length release is scheduled for early 2016.