The Hangups – S/T

OK, so there’s kind of a sub-sub-genre that nobody talks about; or maybe it’s just that nobody ever gave it a name… but if nobody’s done it yet, I’m just going to go ahead and coin a term:

“Breakup Punk”

You know what I’m talking about… the music you listen to right after a breakup, that helps you feel strong at your weakest moments.  The stuff that helps you say “FUCK THAT,” and move on with your life with newly-discovered perspective into the way the world works; and what you do or don’t want for yourself in the future; and what you’ve learned about yourself!

Usually, it’s one album… enough for someone to get shit off their chest, and move on to the political shit.  Some bands, like Reel Big Fish, have made a career out of it.

When I first listened to “S/T,” by  The Hangups from Malmö, Sweden, this was my impression.

If you’re like me (and it’s probably safe to say that you are, if you’re actually reading this), then music is an intrinsic part of your life; and it takes the “right” music to help you through the hard times. If this sounds like you, then this is certainly an album that I would recommend to anyone that’s recently gone through the pain of a breakup; which is something that we all go through at one time or another.

It’s powerful, heartfelt, and the progressions and tempos have a definite harkening to the Ramones or New York Dolls.

Now, some might listen to the first track and think, “wait a minute… this isn’t a breakup song…”

… and to them, I say “NAY!”

ANYONE that’s ever gone through a breakup has “that phase,” where you’re going out all the time, getting shitfaced, and *pretend* to be having a good time.  While the first song may seem like a “party song,” don’t fool yourself… it’s aaaaaaaaall part of the breakup process…

I feel confident in saying, The Hangups have mastered the art of “Breakup Punk,” and I look forward to hearing their future releases, because quite frankly, this kicks ass!




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