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.