This post is contributed by Benjamin Goodman, marketing director for Crush Mobile.
New York-based indie rock band Mainland has been working hard over the past year. They’ve signed to 300 Entertainment, a record label founded by former Def Jam and Warner Bros. Records executives, played many shows including one at the Jewish Museum in NYC, and just released their first single “Outcast,” which is now available on iTunes and Spotify. Mainland will be hitting the road next month so catch them when they come to your town!
Most recently, the band partnered up with JCrush, a Jewish dating app available for free on iPhone & Android, to help spread the word about each other. Users of the app can share (via Spotify) Mainland’s single with their matches (also known as Crushes). Be on the lookout for more music from Mainland on JCrush.
We caught up with Mainland’s frontman Jordan Topf, a Member of the Tribe, about what’s going on with the band.
Where did Mainland form?
New York City by way of California.
How did you end up signing with 300 Entertainment?
One year ago while playing on a boat show booze cruise sailing and partying along the Hudson River, 300 had been courting us leading up to that point. After jumping and falling head first into the drumset while simultaneously recovering the mic they expressed further interest and we’ve been working with them ever since.
Tell me about your first single “Outcast.”
Outcast is about all the moments in one’s life where you’ve felt lost and out of place. It’s about a subculture of outcasts who have been misplaced in their relationships, school, job, family. But it’s also about the acceptance of that feeling.
How was the show at Jewish Museum in NYC earlier this year?
The folks at Jewish Museum were so kind to us. They had us play in this ballroom and it ended up being a great night. We revel in unconventional venues, having played in airports, museums, barns, etc. By the last song everyone had jumped on stage and was dancing.
What details should your fans know about your upcoming tour?
We are opening for Atlas Genius and Dreamers. Here’s all the info:
9.15 – Richmond, VA – The National **
9.16 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa **
9.19 – Rochester, NY – Montage MusicHall **
9.20 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Hall #
9.23 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club **
9.24 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Bag #
9.28 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall **
9.29 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
** w/ Atlas Genius + Dreamers
# w/ Atlas Genius
When can fans expect more music from Mainland?
Soon! We’ll be putting out a video for Outcast then releasing a few more from the upcoming album Night Trials.
Would you be open to doing more shows at Jewish venues or events?
I think playing a synagogue or a bar mitzvah would fulfill my Jewish roots and my band’s goal of playing every kind of venue humanly possible. Mazel tov!
For more info on Mainland, check out http://www.mainlandnyc.com/.