Mainstream (band)

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Origin England
Genres Alternative rock, shoegazing
Years active 1994–1999
Labels Nude
Associated acts Suede
Past members Anthony Neale
James Hartnell
Conrad Mewton
Greg Cook
Mark James Aviss

Mainstream were a British shoegazer band, briefly famous in the late 1990s. They were formed by Mewton, Hartnell and Neill. Later they were joined by Peter Mullaney (guitar) and later still (after a bit of searching) Mark James Aviss. After performing several successful gigs they attracted label interest. Immediately prior to signing with nude Peter Mullaney, for various reasons departed, later to be replaced with Greg Cook. Signed to Suede's label Nude Records in early 1995 and produced one album (also called Mainstream) in 1998. The band comprised Anthony Neale (voice) (now frontman for The Truths on Aardvark Records), James Hartnell (guitars), Conrad Mewton (bass), Greg Cook (keyboards) and Mark James Aviss (drums) (now with 'The Little Things').

Despite having been renowned for their live performances, the album failed to chart anywhere and the group split up shortly afterwards.

However the album appears to be still in print and selling (as of October 2007 it was possible to find the album on the shelf in both the Virgin Megastore and the HMV on London's Oxford Street and it remains available from several on-line stores). Also in 2006 a myspace page was created for the band, although this only contains information about their prior career, and does not indicate either that the band have reformed or are planning to do so.



  • Mainstream (Nude), 1998


  • "Make It Easy" (Nude), promo 7"
  • "Hurricane" (Nude), 16.06.97 (#157)
  • "Privilege" (Nude), 17.11.97 (#108)
  • "Step Right Up" (Nude), 16.03.98 (#87)
  • "CanJam" (Nude), 06.07.98 (#105)

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