Mainland Is Eternal Sunshine On A Spotless Mind
Wake up every day just to waste my paycheck
Living the escape in the discoteque
You’re back as a teenager writing in your parent’s home as your reading as an adult. You were always lost, but now, in your monotonous plan of work to live in boring comfort, not the same kind of lost you were when younger, diving into venues and blowing cash for drinks and fun. The question rules every choice and change that led you to here, the present–how did having a lack of filter turn into too much filter?
Brooklyn-based band, Mainland (Jordan Topf, lead vocals/guitar, Corey Mullee, guitar/synth, Alex Pitta, bass) brings in this sincerity we often hide within ourselves in their latest EP, Outcast. With just four tracks, you are introduced to an overlap of older and younger perspective on innocence and struggle. In a video--Jordan Topf--begins to explain his first song, “Outcast”:
“Definitely had the 16 year old Jordan Topf in mind, cause maybe sometimes I feel like that’s who I’m writing for, but I definitely put the 24 year old Jordan Topf during tough times in this song.”
Outcast, alone, has so much potential to blow up. Every song is an exposure to California upbringing and New York-inspired rock, hosting perhaps a familiar sound ranging from The Strokes to Billy Idol. The surface sounds cheeky and upbeat, but the content is written through pain—like someone deeply sad smiling. When you’re down and a friend asks you, “How are you?” do you do the same, make some kind of fake validation?
Friends and lovers do fade, adding to our feeling of being lost, but let’s be grateful for everything they gave us, even the bad times, just like Eternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind. They help our wisdom. They help our art. They give us more meaning than our hurting mind allows us to believe.
So, getting lost is never the end.