Though we love SXSW and the amazing events it brings to our home, we also love to still make time for the separate, individual events that occur simultaneously during those two crazy weeks. After a long Saturday day at the Austin Convention Center and Rainey Street Interactive parties, we couldn’t wait to make our way over to The Parish to see the fantastic Mainland open for The Mowgli’s.
Currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, Mainland includes Jordan Topf (vocals and guitar), Corey Mullee (guitar and keyboard), and Alex Pitta (bass). Though all originally from California, the three friends didn’t form the band until meeting in New York.
These post-punk, indie-pop rockers deliver the perfect combination of New York edge and California sunshine through their infectious tunes. Their set shook The Parish through energizing jams that reminded us of summer days and had us longing for long drives along the coast… well, er… Lake Travis for us Austinites.
We’re convinced that one of their newer songs “I Found God” is soon to be a major hit. Not only is it simply a beautiful song, but it also has a beautiful message: as stated in the caption for their video, “Love has no boundaries. Love unifies. Love transcends. ”
Check out some photos from their set that was held at The Parish on Saturday, March 9.
For more on Mainland, their music, and upcoming shows, visit their website here, and be sure to stay tuned for more recaps and photo galleries on other music events in ATX!
Leigh is a native Texan gone temporary New Yorker and now proud Austinite. Passions include but are not limited to music (both as a spectator and dabbler), traveling & cultural adventures, film & television, true crime, design (of the fashion, interior, and graphic sorts), and photographing & writing about all the aforementioned. Self-acclaimed coffee connoisseur & wino, cat aficionado, book worm, and nature junkie.