Just in time for the holidays, Smoothspin artists What Up Mang and Twenty And Bored are both celebrating the release of their new albums with a double album release show at Showdown in San Francisco on 12/20. This will be What Up Mang’s first show as a full live band with members Caty McKenna and Scott Mayfield joining James Carnes on stage following several successful solo performances earlier this year. What Up Mang’s critically acclaimed new album, Golden Hour, has been flying off the digital shelves and creating quite a buzz. Golden Hour is available for download now from the Smoothspin Store or available for streaming on Spotify.
San Francisco indie rock band What Up Mang have released their debut 12 song LP Golden Hour on Smoothspin Records. Golden Hour is a true San Francisco communal effort and features several of bandleader James Carnes’s fellow Lower Haight residents including neighbor Baby Wonder (Caty McKenna) on vocals and his landlord Scott Mayfield on synthesizers. McKenna’s husband, lifestyle photographer Stian Rasmussen, (also a Lower Haight resident) shot the album cover. The album’s intricate sound is colored with layers of soaring synths, percolating dance beats, psychedelic soundscapes, and Beatles-esque pop melodies. According to Carnes, the album’s title is a reference to “those rare fleeting moments when good friends, a glowing sunset, and an abundance of hope for the future leave you feeling that life, right now – is golden.”
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What Up Mang have also announced some upcoming Bay Area shows via Songkick including a live DJ set on 11/19 to celebrate the release of their album as well as an official album release show with fellow labelmates Twenty And Bored on 12/20.
What Up Mang have shared the album cover for their upcoming debut album, Golden Hour, out 11/18 on Smoothspin Records. The beautiful cover was shot by San Francisco photographer Stian Rasmussen. You can download Golden Hour‘s first single “Go To Waste” from the Smoothspin store or pre-order ‘Golden Hour’ right now from Amazon.com.