Robot Army Tour
Mainland, The Technicolors
1700 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Los Angeles-based indie rock band The Wrecks root from Thousand Oaks, CA. The group consists of Nick Anderson (vocals/guitar), Nick Schmidt (lead guitar), Westen Weiss (guitar), Aaron Kelley (bass), and Billy Nally (drums). Heavily influenced by groups such as The Pixies, The Strokes, Weezer, and Vampire Weekend, this 5-piece isn't afraid to blend undeniably catchy choruses, with self-deprecative, honest lyrics and vocals that pull you right to the center of each song.
The band actually recorded their debut EP on a whim, alongside friend and engineer Andrew D’Angelo, when they were surprised with the news that a friend had been granted access to a studio for just a few days. With a total budget of $0, and only a week as a band under their belts, the group set out to record the best songs that they could in 3 days. After working ridiculous hours through the night, and to the next day whenever they could get in the studio, the 3 days were over and the EP was cut. Little did the band know, they were not even allowed to be in the studio that week. So through feelings of guilt and worry, they cleaned every bit of information of theirs from the studio computer, every crumb of Dominoes from the studio couch, and they were off with their entire EP on an hard drive in a backpack.
The homemade "We Are The Wrecks" EP was self-released in March 2016. After hundreds of spins on Sirius XM's Alt Nation, and features on some of Spotify's biggest rock playlists, the band signed to Another Century/Sony Music in December of 2016. Their debut single Favorite Liar broke the Top 40 on alternative radio, has over 6 million plays on Spotify, and spent almost a dozen weeks in the top 10 of Alt Nation's Alt-18 Countdown. After signing their record deal, The Wrecks sought out to record a new EP in Los Angeles. 3 weeks into recording, and after blowing almost the entire budget, the band decided the music was going in the wrong direction and threw the EP away. "I just felt that we had strayed too far from the core of the band's sound," says frontman Nick Anderson. "It sounded like we were trying really hard to get on the radio or something, and I feel like that rarely gets you on the radio anyway." So after getting their label and management on board, The Wrecks decided to move into Anderson's grandmother's house in his small hometown (Wellsville, NY) to work on the new record in a barn studio that their friend Patrick Barry owns. Co-produced again by Nick Anderson and Andrew D'Angelo, The Wrecks say their new upcoming EP "comes from a genuine place, and is something we're all truly proud of."
Equally influenced by vinyl collections that range from Springsteen to Cold War Kids and the works of poets such as Lou Reed and William S. Burroughs, Mainland finds elegance in simplicity. Throughout their music, shuddering piano and loose guitar augment bare bones pop hooks. It’s a style that’s been carefully refined to perfection over the years and especially so since the boys traded New York City (the place of their meeting) for California (where all three respectively call home).
In many ways, the Golden State always subconsciously called back to them. Mainland first met in NYC, bonding over their shared roots. After independently releasing their Shiner EP in 2014, they landed a deal with 300 Entertainment as one of the label’s marquee rock acts. Following the release of the Outcast EP in 2015, they hit the road with the likes of Melanie Martinez and Jukebox the Ghost.
Along the way, they released fan favorite singles such as “Beggars”, "Outcast", and “Permission Slip”—which each amass over 1 million Spotify streams each. Between touring, the musicians recorded the songs comprising their 2018 full-length debut led by “I Found God.”
Now, this scene is about to get a lot brighter. The warmth of Mainland’s new music truly feels like home.
“We got some fresh perspective by going back to California,” Topf leaves off. “Being in our new surroundings that were familiar, yet so different really influenced the album. We want to make music that fulfills us on a personal level. These songs are heart-on-your-sleeve. This is the arrival of who we are as a band.”
With the rush of piano chords and uplifting lyrics resound as real-world couples of all races and creeds come together in one another’s embrace on the street of a non-descript American suburb. In this day and age, it’s beautiful in its stark absence of agenda. This is not a statement. This is not a commentary. This is not a judgment. Rather, this is a timeless slice of life and true love communicated through sound and visuals. This is something that never goes out of style. This is the music video for “I Found God” the 2017 single from California trio Mainland—Jordan Topf [vocals, guitar], Corey Mullee [guitar, keyboards], and Alex Pitta [bass]. Directed by female duo SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT, this visual introduces the next phase in the career of these three best friends, and it merely hints at the power, passion, and poetry of their songwriting.
“‘I Found God’ is about the spiritual connection that arises when you experience real love — an emotion so strong it unifies humans from all walks of life,” explains Topf. “It’s simple. Love is love. The power of love sees no boundaries and it transcends race, sex, and identify.”
$12 ADV $14 DOS