Mainland Break announce debut Australian tour and melancholic single ‘Promises'

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Denver, Colorado based indie-rock outfit Mainland Break have returned with bittersweet jangle pop anthem ‘Promises’, and have announced an eight-date tour of Australia in support of the track.

Hot off the back of their debut LP, 'One Way Ticket To Midnight' released back in July of last year, the band have produced another slice of jangly, indie goodness on their latest cut ‘Promises’. Driven by a pulsing, Joy Division-esque bass line that lays the perfect groundwork for the bright, shimmering guitar leads scattered across the track, ‘Promises’ builds continuously throughout its runtime, with Vocalist Evan Oliver’s contemplative performance soaring across and pushing the band as they build to a cathartic crescendo. Thematically, the track looks at the fallout of a relationship, and the drive to remain positive in its wake. 

Speaking about the new single, the band shared, "‘Promises’ is a breakup song that searches for hope in separation. The song tells the story of the difficult decision to end a relationship, from the moment of realisation that a breakup is needed to the conversation itself.”

The track is certainly not short of impressive personnel - recorded by Mark Anderson at Cowboy Cowabunga Recordings in Colorado (John Oates, Nathaniel Rateliff), mixed by Joey Oaxaca (White Reaper, Starchild, twen, Mamalarky) and mastered by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters (DIIV, M83), the track was initially recorded during the 'One Way Ticket To Midnight' sessions, however the band felt it worked better as a solo piece.

As bands such as Floodlights, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and RVG continue to dominate in the Australian indie scene, it’s no wonder Mainland Break are making their way down under - the blend of post-punk and pub-rock sounds found on ‘Promises’ make it feel like something straight out of the Melbourne indie scene. This is no coincidence - the band have been long time followers of the scene in Australia, and as they hit cities across the country in February 2024, they hope to immerse themselves in the scene they have admired from afar.

The band continued, “A lot of our musical influences and idols come from Australia and we’re excited to perform in the same communities of which those bands are a part. We are a band from the middle of the US, trying to capture a sunny, surfy, coastal sound so we wanted to celebrate our new release in a place that has all of those qualities. We’re looking forward to performing, meeting people, and getting a taste of Australian culture.”

  • Thursday, 8th of February - The Barwon Club - Geelong, VIC
  • Friday, 9th of February - The Gasometer Hotel - Melbourne, VIC
  • Saturday, 10th of February - Tanswell’s Hotel - Melbourne, VIC
  • Sunday 11th of February - The Servo - Port Kembla, NSW
  • Thursday, 15th of February - OAF Gallery - Sydney, NSW
  • Friday, 16th of February - Lass O’Gowrie - Newcastle, NSW
  • Saturday, 17th of February - TBA, Port Macquarie NSW
  • Sunday, 18th of February - The Bearded Lady - Brisbane , QLD

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