The Mowgli's

High Noon Saloon Presents

The Mowgli's

Mainland

Thursday, February 22nd 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$16 ADV / $18 DOS

This event is 18 and over

The Mowgli's
The Mowgli's
4 kids from the San Fernando and a couple of midwesterners. The Mowgli's are a quintessential California band. Inspired by the magnetism of San Francisco, the grind of Los Angeles and the serenity of the Big Sur Coast, their songs are a joyous revival of rock n' roll, a twisting indie-folk dance and a heartfelt protest ballad.

Sliding from indie pop to country and a host of genres in between, the band evokes modern artists such as Fun., Grouplove and Edward Sharpe And the Magnetic Zeros, whilst having their roots in the music of Neil Young, The Byrds, The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac.

Part 60's Laurel Canyon, part 70's Venice Beach and part 10's Silverlake, the band and the harmonies are held together by their message of universal love, peace and the belief that the highest form of consciousness is achieved by togetherness and unity.

Uplifting, collaborative, joyous and communal, their songs are a walk through their life thus far: Meeting each other ("Hi Hey There Hello"), experiencing together ("San Francisco", "The Great Divide", "I've Been Around"), fighting and making up (“Colin's Song”), emerging stronger ("Carry Your Will", "We Are Free") - their message is finding a foothold with fans from every walk of life, bringing people together under one roof to celebrate each other.
Mainland
Mainland
Ecstasy and sorrow, post-punk and pop, east and west -- all those times when you're caught in the middle, there's Mainland. They are the soundtrack to moments of freedom and darkness.

Taking a nod from society's 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 life's 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, the 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, The Fader, Consequence of Sound and Rolling Stone. Meanwhile, the band kept busy securing opening spots with Melanie Martinez, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and X Ambassadors.

Following the success of the Shiner EP, the band signed to 300 Entertainment (ASTR, Highly Suspect, 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," Mainland's new release is a journey through life's fun and melancholy moments -- the ones that you'd probably like to forget, but never will; they are your purgatory. They are all the beautiful places you've been, all the strange places you are bound to end up, and everywhere in between.
Venue Information:
High Noon Saloon
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
http://www.high-noon.com/