What Up Mang began life as the music project of San Francisco songwriter/producer James Carnes. Accompanied by his neighbor Caty McKenna and his landlord Scott Mayfield, the band seamlessly blended electronic dance music and psychedelic pop on their first album, Golden Hour. With the addition of guitarist, Matt Browning, and drummer, Jonny Bartlett, the group then dipped their toes into the unsanitary waters of garage rock on their second album, Floral. This album tackled serious themes like the death of a close friend and the challenges of squeezing out a decent life in the Bay Area. Since their inception in 2014, What Up Mang has shared the stage with a strange collection of acts including Men Without Hats, Public Service Broadcasting, The Flavr Blue, Marc E. Bassy, and Twenty and Bored.
[Opening for Public Service Broadcasting at the DNA Lounge] What Up Mang managed to bring some pretty cool kaleidoscope disco psychedelic beats from the Lower Haight to SOMA. The band was definitely out there and were having a great time and I never would have thought I’d say that disco and psychedelic music could go together, but it seemingly blended all too well together. Plus, they had some great blissed out harmonies. The lead singer was quite the dancing machine and she was enthralling to watch. Plus, they even managed to have a crazy cover of Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart‘ and they made it even better by slowing it down and adding some heavy Hawaiian luau beats. So if you ever just want a fun night out, this band will deliver, plus you’ll end up dancing the night away.
–Red Head Music Snob