On the day of the 8 Bands photoshoot, Mainland Fever officially dropped the "Fever" part of their name—understandable since their music isn't all that feverish, really. It's pop, through and through, filtered through the dreamy psych influences of Pet Sounds, coming out the other end resembling a stripped-down version of fellow youngbloods The Morning Benders or Smith Westerns. While there's something warm and familiar about their sound, there's a maturity, or maybe a detachment, at play too, as though these kids have been at it forever. They have not.
Favorite NYC venue?
Cameo, hands down. Amazing sound, very cool vibe in the room.
Percentage of shows played in Brooklyn vs. Manhattan?
We love playing in both boroughs, but we find ourselves playing about 85% of our shows in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is typically more all-ages friendly, and we love doing all-ages shows.
What New York band from the past has had the biggest influence on your sound?
Lately Television, Talking Heads, and Jonathan Fire*Eater.
Favorite song about NYC?
"The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel.
On tour for a month, what album would get the most play in the van?
King of Limbs by Radiohead.
Ideal four-band bill, realistic:
Caveman, Young Heel, The Shining Twins, and The French Kicks, reunited.
Ideal four-band bill, dream:
The Velvet Underground & Nico, Bob Dylan (Bringing It All Back Home-era), Joni Mitchell, Roy Orbison.
If you had to relocate to another city, where would you go?
San Francisco, a city both Jordan and Corey, our guitarists, grew up around.