5 Questions With: Mainland

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5 Questions With is a series spotlighting some of Brooklyn’s most exciting and influential creatives. (You can explore our archive of picks here.)

Mainland is a Brooklyn-based band churning out songs just this side of garage-pop, with the gentlest sheen of scuzzy rock’n’roll. They (affectionately) refer to their sound as “puke-up punk,” but if you’re not sure what that means, be sure to check out their newly released Shiner EP. It’s a burst of raucous noise that was (holla) produced by Spoon‘s Jim, and you can either stream it digitally on their SoundCloud page or buy it on their site, . If you’re not sure what that means, find out for yourself — live! free! — when they play the Brooklyn Bazaar this Friday alongside Drowners.

Meanwhile, check out frontman Jordna Topf’s Brooklyn picks. As always, after the jump.

Name:  Jordan Topf

Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Record listened most to in life: My favorite record of all time since my teenage years is The Velvet Underground & Nico. It changed the way I looked at rock as an art form. My favorite new classic is LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver. James Murphy really knows how to craft the best dance tracks.

Brooklyn-based band to look out for: Challenger, Caveman, Mainland ❤️❤️❤️

Fave place to see a show: Bowery Ballroom/Rough Trade. We recently played both spots and they never disappoint. Bowery has the best sound and stage in the city, rough trade is a great middle ground between Bowery and Mercury Lounge. They also carry our record. 🙂

Fave Brooklyn bar: Skinny Dennis. Our friends from the motorcycle brand Feltraiger/Heartbreakersbk always hang there so it’s like a clubhouse in a way always running into someone we know. Free peanuts, country bands, and Ms Pacman. Never disappoints.

Go-to drink: Bulleit old fashioned. Tecate or any similar Mexican beer.