Following the tumultuous loss of his father and finishing college, Jordan Topf singer/guitarist of Mainland scraped together enough money to buy a van and set out with the band on a two and a half week tour across America. It was an escape from everything that had encapsulated the last 4 years of excitement, struggle, and ambition. Each night a new city, new faces, boundless freedom, a creative turning point for the band's modern take on New York Proto-Punk (the precursors to 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. When their plans to record at Public Hi-Fi were confirmed they set off once again for Austin Texas, this time by plane. Mainland's new EP "Shiner" is a confident first studio record. Recorded onto tape the band expands their sound, tying together concrete drums, punchy garage-rock guitar riffs, rhythmic synthesizers, and driving bass lines into catchy rock and roll songs. The sound of the record reflects it's various birthplaces. New York City, Austin, and the birthplace of the majority of the members California.