Man Underground – “Something Is Bound to Go Wrong”


Man Underground is a band based in Atlanta, touring around the Southeast, though with a focus predominantly on Nashville and Atlanta. The project is led by Hayes Helsper, and his songwriting shines on new track “Something Is Bound to Go Wrong”. With a bit of angst in the vocal tone and lyrical content – “Could get drunk but I don’t need your help,” – the track touts ample mood, especially in the symphonic string presence and concise, shimmering guitar lines. “Something is bound to go wrong,” Helsper sings in the bridge, leading into a distortion-friendly verse that reminds of late ’90s and early ’00s alternative, and fondly so. Man Underground show some impressive eclectic range here, alternating between symphonic chamber-pop into genuinely rockin’ alternative hooks. It’s a promising act, for sure.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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