Many young people dream of breaking out of their hometown and moving to a big city to leave their past behind and go after something grander, but for Jordan Topf of Mainland, leaving his hometown of Santa Cruz, California wasn’t just a wish; it was a necessity. As he recently told Billboard, Santa Cruz is a “double-sided stoner paradise”: while it has miles of picturesque Pacific Ocean coastline, drug abuse is rampant and “The weirdos and transients roam the streets after dark.” But Topf made it out of Santa Cruz and to New York City where he met his band mates, and that’s exactly what is celebrated in the group’s triumphant new song “Hometown.”

Speaking of “Hometown”, Topf told Billboard“A lot of the friends I made and spent time with as a teenager who got stuck in Santa Cruz turned to black tar heroin. It’s become a serious epidemic and I lost many friends to drug abuse. Some of my best friends found solace and sobriety in support groups others didn’t make it. The song is extremely special to me for that reason, because I battled to break out of my drug ridden community to chase my dreams in New York where I met Corey [Mullee, guitar] and Alex [Pitta, bass] and formed Mainland. I always knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel.”

This week, Mainland will hit the road with The Mowgli’s for a cross-country tour. They’ll begin their run on February 20 in Cleveland, wrapping things up on March 24 in Kansas City, MO. All dates can be seen below and tickets are available on Mainland’s website.

Mainland & The Mowgli’s Tour Dates:

2/20 Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
2/22 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
2/23 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
2/24 Schubas – Chicago, IL
2/25 Crofoot/Pike Room – Pontiac, MI
2/26 HiFi – Indianapolis, IN
2/28 The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
3/1 Baby’s Alright – Brooklyn, NY
3/2 Rock N Roll – Washington, DC
3/6 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
3/8 Basement East – Nashville, TN
3/10 Parish – Austin, TX
3/11 House of Blues – Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX
3/13 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
3/14 Casbah – San Diego, CA
3/16 The Moroccan – Los Angeles, CA
3/19 Doug Fir – Portland, OR
3/20 The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
3/23 Globe Hall – Denver, CO
3/24 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO