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NYC-based indie rockers Mainland have been on a steady rise lately. Their most recent EP Outcast has been garnering them some much deserved attention and praise, with its cool mix of the sleek West Coast sound with East Coast garage rock and post-punk. Their most recent single, "Beggars," is an absolute floor stomper and a solid anthem for folks who are out to take on the world and get shit done. All of these reasons are why we were psyched to have Mainland perform a few unplugged versions of their most recent work right here at Baeble HQ!

The band broke out the acoustic guitars, shakers, and tambourines and played a couple songs off Outcast, like the somber-yet-optimistic title track and singer/guitarist Jordan Topf's loving tribute to his father, "A Bit Out Of Time," along with their new single "Beggars." The studio versions of the songs are already great to begin with, but hearing them in a new, stripped-down lens will only make you further appreciate the band's knack for lyricism and putting together a damn good tune. In between songs, the band talked about how each song came about, the songwriting process in general, and the joy of playing unplugged whenever they can. With their clever lyrics and undeniably feel-good sound even when discussing heavy topics, Mainland is only going up from here, and you'll definitely want to join the ride and watch them hit the big time.

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Every second every moment every day is new
Driving all around this great big city with you
Working Working 9:00 to 5:00 staying up all night
From dusk till dawn motorcycle ride impromptu
Wake up every day just to waste my paycheck
Living the escape in the discotheque I wrecked your ride on the boulevard
Ninety miles an hour didn't get us very far now
Outcast to my lovers Outcast to each other
Outcast from myself, I know
Outcast Outcast from our mothers Outcast to each other
Outcast from the one I love
Out of gas out of money out of time well spent
And pretty girls don't pay the rent oh heaven
I've I've learned my lesson not to fall too hard
For someone that is bound just to break apart, oh well
Wake up every day just to waste my paycheck
Living the escape in the discotheque I wrecked your ride on the boulevard
Ninety miles an hour didn't get us very far now
Outcast to my lovers Outcast to each other
Outcast from myself I know
Outcast to my mothers Outcast to each other
Outcast from the one I love
Ala la la, ala la la la ala la la, ala la la la
Ala la la la la la la la Ala la la la la la la la
Wake up every day just to waste my paycheck
Living the escape in the discotheque I wrecked your ride on the boulevard
Ninety miles an hour didn't get us very far
Wake up every day just to waste my paycheck
Living the escape in the discotheque I wrecked your ride on the boulevard
Ninety miles an hour didn't get us very far now
Outcast to my lovers
Outcast to each other Outcast from myself, I know
Outcast from our mothers Outcast to each other
Outcast from my one I love
Outcast from our lovers Outcast to each other
Outcast from myself, I know
Outcast from our mothers Outcast to each other
Outcast from the one I love
"Outcast.
" That was the first single that we dropped from the EP.
- It's about being kind of lost, in your life, and looking back on all the times where you felt kind of distant from the world, and your lover, and your mother, and your friends, and in a relationship feeling kind of distant from the sense of falling in love with someone.
- Finding an an identity in that, and taking, almost, like a kind of pride in that status as an outcast, because it can be used to your advantage sometimes.
- Basically saying, like it's okay to be different.
- We also did "A Bit Out of Time.
" - It was largely influenced by, when I lost my father.
But also just the feeling, the general feeling that you have in life when you lose someone that you care about, and wishing you could go back in time and replay all those wonderful moments you spent with that person.
Ooh.
Ooh.
Ooh. Ooh
Thinking of a way we could embrace the change
Thinking of a way we could alleviate the pain
You and I are parallel lines
Call the police there's a riot in the streets
Do I need a person here to make me complete?
I'm walking through the memories I hope to keep
Do I need a lover to hold me tight? After every day and the war I fight
Wish we could stop the clock and dance in the dark
We're just a bit out of time.
Wish we could stop and rewind
We're just a bit out of time.
We're just a bit out of time
Ooh.
Ooh.
Ooh. Ooh.
I wish I could explain all the feelings we faked
I wish I could explain why I've been missing you today
You and I are parallel lines
All that we need is just a little air to breathe
Do I need a person to make me complete?
I'm walking through the memories I hope to keep
Do I need a lover to hold me tight? After every day and the war I fight
Wish we could stop the clock and dance in the dark
We're just a bit out of time.
Wish we could stop and rewind
We're just a bit out of time.
We're just a bit out of time
Wish we could stop the clock and dance in the dark
We're just a bit out of time.
We're just a bit out of time
Wish we could stop the clock and dance in the dark
We're just a bit out of time.
We're just a bit out of time
We're just a bit out of time.
We're just a bit out of time
- Because a a lot of them start with acoustic guitar, so it's kind of like going back to their core, and what they're about, without production, and without, you know, samples on the drums, or other things that go in, like mastering and mixing.
It's just the raw, pure sense of the song.
So I like doing it, we do it a lot for radio sessions, and you know, at South by Southwest we did a couple things.
It just lets the song speak.
I like it because it takes people just to the words, and the melody of the song, and the sentiment behind the song.
- And, "Beggars"? - "Beggars," our new single, that's coming out pretty soon here.
Wrote that song on the subway, just, it's a song of hope and just, you know, keeping your head up while you're on your grind, on your hustle, so, yeah.
- Yeah, we hope it's kind of a, like, a good hustle song to keep you motivated, and yeah, give you your edge throughout the day.
Begging on a train can buy you a lot of things
Like Barbour jackets and wedding rings.
God is on my side from time to time
Four, five, six, seventh heaven, eight
Nine lives I've been living still getting mine
Black tar swipecard, kid get in line
Chin up young beggars it's a new day
Here's a little something that I had to say
Don't stop, don't give up, don't give up
You've got the world circling, circling around
Don't stop, don't give up, don't give up
When you've got the world circling, tumbling down
Begging on a train can buy you a lot of things
Like turn-A-trick chics and trampolines.
God is on my side from time to time
Coming up for air, fight to survive.
I could use a week's paid vacation
I could use a little bit of motivation.
Rise up young beggars it's a new day
Here's a little something that I had to say
Don't stop, don't give up, don't give up
When you've got the world circling, circling around
Don't stop, don't give up, don't give up
When you've got the world circling, tumbling down
Begging on a train, begging on a train, begging on a train, begging on a train
Holding on to my dreams before they go, before they go up in flames again
Don't stop, don't give up, don't give up
When you've got the world circling, circling around
Don't stop, don't give up, don't give up
When you've got the world circling, tumbling down
Don't stop, don't give up, don't give up
When you've got the world circling, circling around
Don't stop, don't give up, don't give up
When you've got the world circling, tumbling down
Don't stop, don't give up, don't give up
When you've got the world circling, tumbling down

Artist Bio

Ecstasy and sorrow, post-punk and pop, east and west - all those times when youre caught in the middle, theres Mainland. They are the soundtrack to moments of freedom and darkness.

Taking a nod from societys fellow black sheep (think David Lynch, William Eggleston, and Depeche Mode), Mainland returns with a collection of new tunes and an enigmatic call to arms. A diverse mix of vintage aesthetics and modern pop songwriting/production, Mainland draws from a range of influences to form one unifying anthem loud enough for all of lifes outcasts.

Led by enigmatic frontman, Jordan Topf (Vocals, Guitar) and comprised of Corey Mullee (Guitar, Synth), and Alex Pitta (Bass), they arrived with their Girls Unknown EP (2013) and followed soon after with their second independent release, Shiner EP (2014) produced by Jim Eno of Spoon. Describing late night tales of gritty New York City streets, Mainland quickly gained a name for themselves with praise pouring in from tastemakers like NYLON, SPIN, Interview Magazine, BrooklynVegan,Consequence of Sound and Rolling Stone. Meanwhile, the band kept busy securing opening spots with The Colourist, Drowners, Strange Talk and Catfish and the Bottlemen and shared festival stages with The War on Drugs, Of Montreal, and Torres.

Following the success of the Shiner EP, the band signed to 300 Entertainment (Meg Mac, ASTR, Alex Winston, Young Thug, etc.) packed their bags and traveled west to the hills of California. Armed with their 35mm cameras, and void of inhibitions, the boys left behind the comfort of their home studio to record with producer Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) at Fairfax Recordings (formerly Sound City).

The result is an expansive collection of tracks, including their new single, Outcast - a disenchanted tale that was born (surprisingly) under the bright, shining lights of Los Angeles. I was walking around Rodeo Drive, estranged from NYC... muses Topf. Maybe it was my current outlook on the struggles I was facing, but I was reflecting on moments where I'd felt like an outcast in life and in a new city like Los Angeles. A city of sunshine and broken Hollywood dreams.

Going into this album we became infatuated with iconic British bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, New Order, The La's, etc. We love the way those bands mask well-crafted pop songs with poignant lyrics, adds Topf. And with those influences, the record is a stunning juxtaposition of dark and light. We wanted to combine our California roots with dark synth bass tones, melancholy subject matter of late 1970s New York and post punk era English pop music to create our own voice.

From the eclectic bell hits of Destination Weddings, to the sombre rolling tones of A Bit Out of Time, Mainlands new release is a journey through lifes fun and melancholy moments - the ones that youd probably like to forget, but never will; they are your purgatory. They are all the beautiful places youve been, all the strange places you are bound to end up, and everywhere in between.

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