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Mainland’s “Not As Cool As Me” Makes Breaking Up Sound Not So Bad

The latest from this NYC indie rock band reminds you of all the reasons you’re better than your ex.

September 21, 2015

Bringing one part Cali surf rock-vibes and one part blasé British post-punk attitude to their brand of indie rock, NYC band Mainland's new break up anthem "Not As Cool As Me" is a slap in the face for all undeserving exes. Oozing with flippancy, frontman Jordan Topf starts off by singing, Girl, you suck/ girl, you make me spit up. Crunchy guitars and wiggling 80's synth lines makes "Not As Cool As Me" a nostalgia trip for your angst-ridden teen years—the perfect song to slam your bedroom door to.

"There are a lot of people out there who will try to drag you down," Topf explained in an email to The FADER. "'Not As Cool As Me' is about dating someone who treats you like dirt, and reflecting on all the reasons why you're better off without them. I once had a relationship with a girl who was a mess and thought she controlled my life, this song is the sound of the door slamming behind me."

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Mainland’s “Not As Cool As Me” Makes Breaking Up Sound Not So Bad